Today, U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (GA 07), House Budget Committee Chairman Steve Womack (R-AR), House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY), and fellow appointees to the bipartisan, bicameral Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform held their inaugural meeting to identify and recommend reforms to the budget and appropriations process. The newly-formed panel was created by a provision in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. Rep. Woodall, a member of the House Budget Committee and Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process was selected to serve as one of the 16 members.
"Budget dysfunction is neither the goal nor the fault of any one party. But the responsibility for solving it falls on us all," said Woodall. "Having avoided reform for more than 40 years, the Congressional budget process needs to be reexamined from the ground up, and both parties in both chambers have selected incredibly thoughtful and serious delegates to pursue that goal on this joint select committee. I am honored to be among the four House Republicans chosen, and I believe my selection reflects the 'just get it done' reputation for which our Georgia district is known. This panel is a unique opportunity to restore faith in, and the function of, the federal budget process. I'm encouraged by what began today, and I'm eager to continue our work until we deliver a finished product that puts America on secure financial footing."
The committee is comprised of 16 members, equally divided between the House and Senate. Four members each were appointed by the Speaker of the House, the Senate Majority Leader, the House Democratic Leader, and the Senate Democratic Leader. House Budget Committee Chairman Steve Womack and House Appropriations Ranking Member Nita Lowey were tapped to lead as co-chairs of this panel.
The select committee is required to hold public hearings and report recommendations and legislative text by November 30, 2018. The select committee will be dissolved no later than December 31, 2018