The Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Reform was established by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-123) to make recommendations and develop legislative language that will “significantly reform the budget and appropriations process.” The committee is made up 16 members (eight Senators and eight House members) chosen by the four Senate and House party leaders.
The law directs the committee to issue a final report no later than November 30, 2018; the committee will hold its first (closed) hearing on March 8, 2018. The committee is required to hold no fewer than “five public meetings or public hearings” and a minimum of “three public hearings, which may include field hearings.”
At this early stage in the game, it’s unclear what the committee plans to discuss or if they’ll be able to formulate recommendations that will attract bipartisan support in both chambers. As the committee’s hearing schedule and agenda begin to take shape, LegBranch’s team of congressional experts and blog contributors will provide ongoing coverage and analysis. Check out our Select Budget Committee Resource Page frequently, as it will be updated regularly with information, analysis, and reports on the committee’s activities.