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Tired of living shutdown to shutdown? Let's discuss how to Build a Better Budget Process.

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

Most acknowledge the congressional budget process is broken. But, what realistic steps can we take to fix it?

In this Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group session, a diverse panel will discuss tangible proposals Congress can take to restore congressional power of the purse. Topics will include: the current fiscal state of the U.S.; debt limit and spending caps; principles for a better budget process; authority of Budget Committees; and the value of independent budgetary information.

Lunch will be provided.




Carlos Fuentes, Veterans of Foreign Wars 

Pete Sepp, National Taxpayers Union

Lindsay Torrico, United Way Worldwide 

This meeting is open to Capitol Hill staff (except interns); experts on Congress; and anyone else who cares about the well-being of America’s legislative branch. This meeting is open to media, and the group's co-directors, Kevin R. Kosar and Lee Drutman, are available for interviews and comment. They can be reached at kkosar@rstreet.org and drutman@newamerica.org.


New America and the R Street Institute launched the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group in spring 2016. The group formed in response to widespread perception that Congress is dysfunctional. The Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group aims to assess Congress' capacity to perform its constitutional duties and to collaborate on ideas to improve the legislative branch’s performance in our separation-of-powers system.