Fiscal Policy

U.S. Budget Deficit

REUTERS/Gary Cameron; Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi hands newly-elected Speaker of the House Paul Ryan the gavel on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 29, 2015.

Paper | Reimagining the Federal Budget Process

Restoring regular order in congressional appropriations

November 19, 2015, Peter C. Hanson

Peter C. Hanson, Assistant Professor at the University of Denver, states that the decline of "regular order" in the annual congressional appropriations process has been mirrored by the rise of huge “omnibus” packages passed at the end of session which see little scrutiny and offer no opportunity for amendment. Hanson explains why we have seen the decline of regular order in the legislative process and illustrates how the legislative branch—especially the Senate—can restore the use of regular order to fund national interests more effectively.

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