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Maya MacGuineas: Make the budget committees great again

Apr 16, 2021 | Budget Process

Maya MacGuineas is president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Examiner, an excerpt of which is below. 

Budget day has come and gone. 

Here is how the budget process is supposed to work: First, the president submits his budget proposal by the beginning for February. Then, by April 1, the Senate Budget Committee puts forward a budget resolution. The House Budget Committee must do the same, and the two chambers are supposed to agree on a concurrent budget resolution by no later than Thursday. Then, the committees begin working on legislation based on the budget, and the appropriators work on funding the discretionary budget — all to be done by Oct. 1.

Where are we on this process? Absolutely nowhere. And we, as taxpayers, should be outraged.

Read the entire piece here

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