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Congressman Biggs Introduces the Budget Process Enhancement Act

November 14, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressmen Andy Biggs (AZ-05) and Ralph Norman (SC-05) introduced the Budget Process Enhancement Act. This bill makes two major reforms to the budget process. First, it would force federal government departments and agencies to justify new spending requests every year, rather than wait for steadily growing lump sums from Congress. Second, it continues Congressman Biggs' longstanding commitment to "no budget, no pay" by holding the salaries of Members of Congress in escrow if they do not agree to a budget resolution in a timely manner after the current two-year agreement ends.

"Last month, the Congressional Budget Office made a sobering announcement: our budget deficit is predicted to hit nearly $1 trillion by the end of 2019, the highest it's been in seven years. On top of this deficit, our national debt now stands at over $23 trillion. That amounts to nearly $70,000 for every U.S. citizen: man, woman, and child. We are in the midst of a fiscal catastrophe that will imperil the future of our children and grandchildren if we don't take immediate steps to rein in spending.

"One of the reasons we are in this mess is because Congress and federal agencies believe they should be immune from making the same tough spending decisions that families across the country make every week. The Budget Process Enhancement Act would put an end to decades worth of budget practices that are so egregiously sloppy and wasteful they would make even a second-rate CPA blanch. And if Members of Congress are unable to do their jobs and put together responsible budgets every year, they shouldn't see a dime of salary." – Congressman Andy Biggs (AZ-05)

"A nation does not naturally grow a debt nearly the size of its GDP unless it suffers from systematic failures. That is what we are facing today in Washington, where the institutions of Government have given up on their basic responsibilities. That is why I am a proud supporter of the Budget Process Enhancement Act, which will reintroduce responsible governance to our budgetary system.

"For too long, the average citizen has carried the burden of our politicians' failures. An important part of this proposal is that politicians would be forced to face the consequences of their actions by not receiving pay when they fail their basic budgetary duties. This is a crucial first step to make Washington work for the People, and not the other way around."Congressman Ralph Norman (SC-05)

"The Budget Process Enhancement Act is a positive first step towards removing the bias toward higher spending from the baseline. Including a "no budget, no pay" provision should encourage Members of Congress to debate budget and appropriations bills in a timely manner. Congress should continue to pursue reforms that will create a better functioning and more responsible budget process."The Heritage Foundation