First Annual Better Budget Process Summit

Rebuilding Confidence in Congress:

Breaking Through on Budget Reform

 Monday, February 26, 2018

Registration begins at 12:00 pm

Lunch and event 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Room

525 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Opening Remarks
  • Maya MacGuineasCommittee for a Responsible Federal Budget
Recommendations from the Building a Better Budget Process Project
  • Robert Fersh, Convergence Center for Policy Resolution (Introductory remarks)
  • Susan Willie, Convergence Center for Policy Resolution (Moderator)
  • Neil Bradley, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Emily Holubowich, Coalition for Health Funding
  • Matthew Owens, Association of American Universities
Comprehensive Reform: What May it Look Like and How Can it Happen?
  • Peter Cohn, Congressional Quarterly (Moderator)
  • Stuart ButlerBrookings Institution
  • Frances LeeUniversity of Maryland
  • Steve Redburn, George Washington University
Senate Perspectives on Budget Reform
  • Senator Perdue (R-GA), Senate Budget Committee
  • Senator Whitehouse (D-RI), Senate Budget Committee



With Congressional approval stuck at just above single digits, reforming the way we budget and set national priorities in an effective and timely way can serve as a critically important step in regaining public trust in the Congress and American democracy.

This first annual Better Budget Process Summit will bring together Members of Congress, Congressional staff, policy experts, members of the media, and others who share a common concern about our deteriorated state of affairs and the need to work together to restore a functioning budget process. We expect this event to be timely given that the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 established the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform. The committee has the mission of developing legislation to reform the budget process and will be comprised of 16 members of Congress.

This year’s summit will feature an innovative set of proposals for budget process reform resulting from a yearlong dialogue organized by Convergence Center for Policy Resolution. Devised by seasoned representatives from some of Washington’s most established interest groups along with budget policy experts, these recommendations will offer a strategic, longer-term framework for passing a budget on a more predictable schedule. While these groups hold different positions and priorities for federal spending, they are supporting reforms that they believe address the failings of the current budget process and could lead to better outcomes for Congress, their constituents, and the country.

The summit will also feature remarks by the leading budget reform experts, political scientists, and Members of Congress listed above who will discuss different reform ideas gaining traction and how best to move them forward.

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