Budget Process


, The Fulcrum
The broken budget process is a democracy reform issue
Kevin Kosar

It is difficult to overstate how wrecked the federal budget process is. Late last month, President Trump signed a 30-day stopgap funding measure to dodge a government shutdown. This was the second…

Testimony: Senate Appropriations
Kevin Kosar

Written testimony of Kevin R. Kosar
Vice President of Policy, R Street Institute
Before the U.S. Senate, Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs,
Subcommittee on Federal Spending…

Letter to the New Director of the CBO on Transparency
Kevin Kosar

July 10, 2019


Dr. Phillip Swagel Congressional Budget Office

Ford House Office Building, Fourth Floor Washington, DC 20515


Dear Dr. Swagel:

Congratulations on your…

, Federal News Network
How can the federal budgeting process be improved?
Philip Wallach

From Federal News Network:

Budgets have always been about values. That’s true for both companies and governments. But the federal budgeting process has, in the view of Philip Wallach, senior…

, LegBranch.org
Fundraising requirements should not be a part of the chair/committee assignment process
Marian Currinder

To:         The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

From:    Marian Currinder, Senior Fellow, R Street Institute

Reform: Remove…

, The Brookings Institute
Enough of our budget farce
Philip Wallach

The Trump administration’s new budget is fake news. That isn’t because it fails to live up to its grandiose title: “A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First.” Nor is…

Letter in Support of Increased Funding for the Legislative Branch in FY2020
Kevin Kosar

Re: FY 2020 302(b) Allocation for the Legislative Branch

Dear Chairwoman Lowey, Ranking Member Granger, and members of the committee:

On behalf of the undersigned bipartisan group of civil…

R Sheet on The Debt Ceiling
Kevin Kosar & Philip Wallach










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, RealClearPolicy
We might actually get budget reform this year
Kevin Kosar

This past week, Congress held another hearing on budget reform. Two former budget committee chairmen, Leon Panetta and David Obey, both testified. They lamented the current state of congressional…

Budget reform: Diagnosing the problem

Legbranch cited in The Government Affairs Institute:
The number of appropriations bills passed per year declined in the 1990s, but the most precipitous drop has come in the wake of 2010, with…