Smucker Statement on Budget Act
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) issued the following statement after the House passed the Budget Act:
"The federal budget process is completely broken. I have spent my first year on the House Budget Committee pushing for reforms to add meaningful enforcement mechanisms and accountability. The current process has led to five continuing resolutions in a single fiscal year. Today, Congress again failed in its responsibility to the American people.
"I support funding our military and a number of other provisions in the bill. But we can and should keep our nation strong and secure without requiring irresponsible spending increases, ignoring the deficit, and growing the size of the federal government. This legislation simply props up the failed status quo, and I could not support it."
Background on Rep. Smucker's Efforts to Reform the Federal Budget Process
In April of 2017, Rep. Smucker sent a letter to House Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black urging a hearing on comprehensive budget process reform. Additionally, Rep. Smucker cosponsored three bills to provide greater accountability in the federal budget process.
Following these efforts on the House Budget Committee, on January 30, 2018, Rep. Smucker introduced the Joint Commission on Budget Process Reform Act of 2018 – legislation that would establish a bipartisan, bicameral commission to:
- Study procedures on the budget and federal expenditures
- Conduct at least four public hearings to examine potential reforms
- Seek recommendations from economists, experts, members of Congress, federal agencies, educational institutions, state legislatures, and private organizations on ways to reform the budget process
- Draft a bill to amend the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974
- Submit a report to the House and Senate containing the bill it recommends and other matters deemed appropriate