Washington, DC – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority
Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced today that Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
(D-RI) will serve on the Joint Select Committee tasked with overhauling
Congress’s budget and appropriations process.
“These days, the only thing we can expect from
our budget process is a useless cycle of fiscal standoffs and shutdown
threats,” said Whitehouse. “This committee can help us repair the current
system to guide federal spending and revenues in a responsible manner.
I’ve been outspoken about this in the Budget Committee, so I’m proud to join
this important effort. Thank you to Leader Schumer for naming me to this
As part of the spending agreement passed
earlier this month, Congress agreed to establish a bicameral, bipartisan select
committee to make recommendations for improving the budget and appropriations
process and end the cycle of funding crises of recent months. The
committee will hold at least three public hearings in the coming months and
will be charged with submitting “recommendations and legislative language that
will significantly reform the budget and appropriations process” by November
Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Budget and
Finance Committees, is a strong advocate for overhauling the budget
process. In October, Whitehouse joined Senator David Perdue
(R-GA) in sponsoring an amendment to the fiscal year 2018 budget highlighting
the need for a new budget process.
In addition to Whitehouse, Democratic Senators
on the committee will include Michael Bennet (D-CO), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and
Mazie Hirono (D-HI).