Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act







Senate Budget Committee Approves Historic Bipartisan Budget Reforms

The Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act would:

  • Move the budget resolution to a two-year cycle, while maintaining annual appropriations.
  • Require more involvement from Senate spending and taxing committees, including by requiring detailed spending and revenue plans to better inform budget development.
  • Focus on fiscal sustainability by requiring the budget resolution to establish a debt-to-GDP target backed by a deficit-reducing special reconciliation process to promote adherence to the budget plan.
  • Create a mechanism within the regular budget process to end the brinksmanship surrounding the statutory debt limit by conforming the limit to levels called for in the budget resolution.
  • Establish an optional new bipartisan budget pathway through which the budget would set a glideslope of deficit reduction that includes health care, revenue levels, and appropriations and tax expenditures. Such bipartisan budgets would require the support of at least 60 Senators, including at least 15 members of the minority party, and would be considered in the Senate under expedited procedures jointly agreed to by the Majority and Minority Leaders.
  • Provide a more orderly, deliberative process for Senate consideration of budget resolutions that preserves the ability of Senators on both sides of the aisle to offer amendments. 
  • Enhance fiscal transparency by requiring that up-to-date tabulations of congressional budget action be publicly posted and that information on the interest effects of authorizing and revenue legislation be included in cost estimates prepared by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).  The legislation also supports transparency efforts underway at CBO.
  • Require CBO and the Government Accountability Office to regularly review and report to Congress on portfolios of federal spending to help lawmakers make more informed budgetary decisions.


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING: Bipartisan Budget Process Reform Legislation

Senators Enzi and Whitehouse Offer Bipartisan Reforms to Fix Broken Budget Process

Enzi Releases Ideas to Fix Broken Congressional Budget and Spending Process

Enzi's Proposals Aim to Improve the Budget Process

A first step toward budget process reform

Pursuing Budget Process Reform

Senator Enzi Restarts the Discussion on Budget Reform

Congress Should Move Forward on Budget Process Reform

Senate Budget Chair Proposes Major Changes To Budget Process