Senator David Perdue Calls Out Complexities Within Current Budget Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) calls out the complexities of Congress’ broken budget process during the second public hearing of the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform.

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Partisanship Not The Only Problem: “We’ve been trying pass a budget with ‘kumbaya’ for 44 years. It hasn’t worked. Congress has only funded the government on time 4 times in 44 years since the 1974 Budget Act. This is not something we’re going to tweak around the edges and all of the sudden eliminate partisanship and make this budget process work.”

Jigsaw Puzzle: “The Senate has 16 authorizing committees and 12 appropriating committees, so it looks like a jigsaw puzzle and it’s counterproductive.”

Combining Processes: “We looked at the best practices in other countries and states. Some countries have done away with a three-step process and combined their budget and authorizations processes. Until two years ago, Congress had not authorized the State Department in 15 years. Our authorizations process is a fraud.”

Future of Budget Committee: “Senator Enzi, the Chairman of the Budget Committee, actually has said publicly that he would do away with the Budget Committee unless we make some substantial structural changes.”

End Continuing Resolutions: “I want to echo what Senator Hirono has said every time she’s spoken in this committee, and that’s we have to have a goal of never passing another continuing resolution that leads to an omnibus bill.”


Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.