Congressional Reform Concepts
For Consideration By
A Joint Committee on the Congress of Tomorrow
The following recommendations are the result of conversations that have taken place among several groups and are intended to serve as a framework for short-term and long-term change.
Such a framework would be best achieved through the creation of a bipartisan, bicameral Joint Committee on a Modern Congress, patterned after those created during the last Century for a similar purpose.
- Establish a biennial macro-budget process that provides two-year binding levels of revenues and expenditures, containing budget projections for five years only. The budget resolution would also include, as a point of reference, projected spending levels for mandatory programs. The resolution would still require annual appropriations.
- Change the fiscal year to the calendar year, with submission of the budget by March 15, and new deadlines for budget consideration.
- Provide additional time for meeting reconciliation instructions.
- Expedite procedures for House-Senate conference on budget resolutions, appointing conferees, instructing conferees and limitations on amendments in the Senate
- Reassess the make-up of the budget committees with specific consideration to including greater representation of Ways and Means, Finance and Appropriation members, including the chairman of those committees.
- Provide for the inclusion in the budget of long-term estimates for entitlement programs and consider including among reconciliation instructions, provisions to ensure the long-term viability of those programs.
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