2020 Better Budget Process Summit: Building Momentum for Meaningful Reform


2020 Better Budget Process Summit: Building Momentum for Meaningful Reform

Tuesday, February 25, 2020


The 2020 Better Budget Process Summit convened lawmakers, Congressional staff, policy experts, journalists, and members of the public interested in reforming our broken budget process. The summit was headlined by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The Senators discussed their Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act, the first bipartisan budget process reform bill to pass the Senate Budget Committee in 30 years.

In addition, the summit included commentary from seasoned budget practitioners, budget reform experts, and members of Congress who highlighted and discussed reform proposals.

The video of the event is available below. 

Opening Remarks:

  • Maya MacGuineas, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Panel: Fixing the Budget Process: Lessons for Lawmakers

  • Jennifer Shutt, CQ Roll Call (Moderator) 
  • Laura Blessing, The Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University 
  • Phil Joyce, University of Maryland
  • Roy Meyers, University of Maryland: Baltimore County 
  • Steve Redburn, The George Washington University

Panel: Policy and Politics of the Budget Process

  • Bill Dauster, University of Pennsylvania
  • Bill Hoagland, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Tom Kahn, former House Budget Committee Staff Director 
  • Paul Krawzak, CQ Roll Call (Moderator) 

Remarks: Preventing Government Shutdowns 

  • Senator James Lankford (R-OK), Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee

Keynote: The Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act

  • Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman, Senate Budget Committee 
  • Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Senate Budget Committee