CCAGW Supports H.R. 7191, the Bipartisan Budget and Appropriations Process Reform Act | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

CCAGW Supports H.R. 7191, the Bipartisan Budget and Appropriations Process Reform Act

December 10, 2018

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative,

On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to support H.R. 7191, the Bipartisan Budget and Appropriations Process Reform Act introduced by Reps. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) and John Yarmuth (D-Ky.).

For over 20 years, legislators have proven they are not very good at the most important role given to them by the Constitution: completing the annual budget process on time. Astoundingly, they have failed to follow regular order every year since 1995. Instead, Congress has resorted to passing a series of continuing resolutions (CR), which provide funding similar to the level of the prior year to buy time to complete the appropriations process.

The continued use of CRs not only exemplifies Congress’s abdication of its most basic responsibility, it also undermines the effectiveness of government agencies. Instead of paying in advance for bulk orders of expensive items such as airplanes or electronic luggage screeners, short-term CRs force agencies to purchase fewer of these items at a time, which increases costs.

H.R. 7191 includes a bipartisan proposal from the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform, which would require biennial budget resolutions that cover at least two years while maintaining the annual appropriations process.

The bill would require Congress to complete the budget resolution on or before May 1 of each odd-numbered year.

H.R. 7191 would also require the Budget Committees of the House and Senate to hold a biennial joint hearing to receive testimony from the Comptroller General of the United States regarding the audited financial statement of the Executive Branch.

I urge you to pass H.R. 7191 if it is brought up for consideration before the end of the 115th Congress. This important legislation is critical for improving the broken federal funding process.


Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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