McConnell, Schumer tap colleagues to explore budget reform

McConnell, Schumer tap colleagues to explore budget reform
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 6B defense bill Poll: Kim Jong Un has higher approval among Republicans than Pelosi The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Outcry raises pressure on GOP for immigration fix MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday named four colleagues, including a member of his leadership team, to serve on a new select committee devoted to budget reform.

McConnell tapped Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntErnst, Fischer to square off for leadership post Facebook gives 500 pages of answers to lawmakers' data privacy questions Community development impact remains clear with NMTC post-tax reform MORE (R-Mo.), the vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, and Sens. David Perdue (R-Ga.), James LankfordJames Paul LankfordAmerica will not forget about Pastor Andrew Brunson Hillicon Valley: Net neutrality ends | What repeal means and what's next | Treasury sanctions Russian firms for aiding cyberattacks | How trolling became diplomacy's new trend | Feds crack down on email scams | Defense bill cyber update This week: Congress faces what could be biggest news week of 2018 MORE (R-Okla.) and Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstPruitt’s new problem with the GOP: Ethanol Trump’s danger on North Korea? Raised expectations Conservative group launches ad calling on Trump to fire Pruitt MORE (R-Iowa) to the new special panel.

Congress agreed to create a joint select committee on budget and appropriations process reform earlier this month as part of a deal to raise defense and nondefense spending caps for 2018 and 2019.

Perdue has been an especially vocal advocate for reforming the budget and appropriations process.

He declared it was in a “crisis phase” during a recent appearance at the Better Budget Process Summit hosted by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. 

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Perdue frequently notes that Congress has on average passed only two and a half of the 12 required annual appropriations bills per year over the past 44 years.

Blunt will offer procedural expertise to the select committee as a senior member of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee. 

Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDems must stop picking foxes to guard the financial hen house Schumer warns 'House moderates' against immigration compromise bill Trump knocks Schumer, touts North Korea summit in early morning tweet MORE (N.Y.) announced his four appointments to the budget and spending process reform panel on Monday.

They are Sens. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseLive coverage: FBI chief, Justice IG testify on critical report GAO to look into Trump's reduction of carbon social costs Overnight Energy: Pruitt used security detail to run errands | Dems want probe into Pruitt's Chick-fil-A dealings | Yellowstone superintendent says he was forced out MORE (D-R.I.), Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetOvernight Finance: Trump wants Russia back in G-7 | Senators, allies push back | House approves first fiscal 2019 spending bills | Dems want insider trading probe over job tweet Dems want insider trading probe after Trump jobs report tweet Clinton on his reading habits: 'I like a fast ride' MORE (D-Colo.), Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzDem senator: 'Stop pretending' law banning separation of migrant families is hard to pass Hillicon Valley: Judge approves AT&T-Time Warner deal in blow to DOJ | Dems renew push to secure state voting systems | Seattle reverses course on tax after Amazon backlash | Trump, senators headed for cyber clash | More Tesla layoffs Dems question FCC's claim of cyberattack during net neutrality comment period MORE (D-Hawaii) and Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDem senator calls GOP 'gutless' for not doing more to stop family separations Dems accuse Interior of holding up key grants Conservative justices signal willingness to uphold travel ban MORE (Hawaii). 

They will join eight members appointed by House leaders.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump digs in amid uproar on zero tolerance policy Mark Sanford’s troubles did not begin with Trump NY Post blasts Trump, GOP over separating families at border MORE (R-Wis.) has selected House Budget Committee Chairman Steve WomackStephen (Steve) Allen WomackHouse panel to mark up 2019 budget Alan Greenspan: Notion that foreigners are ripping us off is 'nonsense' House passes Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending MORE (R-Ark.), House Rules Committee Chairman Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsCook Political Report got it wrong: Reps. Sessions and Culberson’s districts are not 'toss-ups' The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Outcry raises pressure on GOP for immigration fix Cook Political Report moves GOP chairman’s race to ‘toss-up’ MORE (R-Texas), and Reps. Rob WoodallWilliam (Rob) Robert WoodallMay brings key primaries across nation Path to Dem majority lies in well-educated districts McConnell, Schumer tap colleagues to explore budget reform MORE (R-Ga.) and Jodey ArringtonJodey Cook ArringtonFreshman lawmakers introduce congressional term limits proposal Younger lawmakers ignite new push for term limits McConnell, Schumer tap colleagues to explore budget reform MORE (R-Texas).

House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrump digs in amid uproar on zero tolerance policy Trump surprises with consumer agency pick On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump nominates budget official Kraninger for consumer chief | Senate votes to block Trump ZTE deal | Stocks fall on trade tensions | House panel moves to markup budget MORE (Calif.) has picked Rep. Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Dems see midterm advantage in new ObamaCare fight Members of Congress demand new federal gender pay audit Lawmakers ask for increase in suicide prevention funding MORE (N.Y.), the ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, Rep. John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthKey conservative presses for shield law after seizure of NYT reporter’s records Dem lawmaker on Trump calling on Russia to rejoin G-7: He's 'loyal' to country that elected him Ryan leaves legacy of tax cuts and deficits MORE (Ky.), the ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee, and Reps. Lucille Roybal-AllardLucille Roybal-AllardImmigration discharge petition approaches final showdown Working together on a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers In ICE detention, pregnant women face stress, trauma, and inadequate care MORE (D-Calif.) and Derek KilmerDerek Christian KilmerDems urge Trump to reinstate top cyber post Congress to require FEC report on foreign money in elections With bills on the table, Congress must heed the call to fix our national parks MORE (D-Wash.).