The conference committee — which will be lead by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty MurrayPatty MurrayWho is Labor pick Alexander Acosta? A guide to the committees: Senate Overnight Healthcare: Trump officials weigh fate of birth control mandate | House, DOJ seek delay in ObamaCare lawsuit MORE (D-Wash.) and her House counterpart Chairman Paul RyanPaul RyanFive things to watch for in Trump’s address Speaker Ryan faces crucial stretch Dem leaders try ‘prebuttal’ on Trump MORE (R-Wis.) — was formed as part of a broader financial deal to temporarily fund the government and prevent U.S. default on its payments. Conferees have until Dec. 13 to report back to both chambers with a deal.
“In the past, massive legislative measures have been written in the middle-of-the-night by a handful of members and staff, and then quickly passed into law before the American people have a chance to even see what the final version looks like, let alone determine how they feel about it,” Buchanan said. “This is not acceptable.”
Conferees have their work cut out for them with a nearly $90 billion difference between the House and Senate budget resolutions for 2014 alone.