Your Washington – GA 6 – Desk
Tackling Our Fiscal Challenges
Last week, I had the honor of being chosen by my colleagues to serve as Chair of the House Budget Committee in the next Congress. In this new roll, I look forward to the opportunity to work with members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to help put our nation on a stronger economic and fiscal footing. We will advance a budget that restores balance to the nation’s books. It will provide a blueprint for how to save and strengthen vital health and retirement programs while ensuring needed resources for those who protect and defend our great nation.
Key to accomplishing real results will be to use budgetary processes at our disposal to move meaningful legislation through the House and Senate and to the president’s desk for his consideration. This can and must be done in a transparent manner with consultation and input from members across different committees of jurisdiction and Congress at large. We will also continue our commitment to the review and reform of the Congressional budget process to modernize it. Right now, Congress budgets and assesses the fiscal and economic impact of policies using a 40-year old framework in which the default is to spend more, not less. These rules and analytical limitations lead to unrealistic projections and are vulnerable to manipulation.
For all the challenges America faces today — both at home and abroad — we also have tremendous opportunities to accomplish positive solutions on behalf of the American people. Much of that effort will begin with and be aided by putting forward a balanced budget that speaks to the priorities of our diverse country, to our fiscal realities and our economic aspirations, to our national security concerns and the personal financial security of American families.
Click here to learn more about our priorities for the House Budget Committee in the 114th Congress.