September 19, 2014

Congress Needs to Pursue 'Regular Order' on Budget Plans

  • The federal budget is an expression of our country's values. Where we choose to spend and at what levels, how and who we tax, and the borrowing we...

The hope for "regular order" on a budget resolution stalled this week as unfortunate partisan bickering continued over whether lawmakers should proceed with a House and Senate conference committee.

Republicans on Tuesday blocked an attempt by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to proceed with appointments to a budget conference. Republicans have expressed concern about proceeding with conference negotiations without sufficient indications that the talks would succeed. Democrats say Republicans, who have called for regular order in the past, are now backing away from it.

The Concord Coalition has urged lawmakers to proceed under regular order to work out a compromise budget plan, since past attempts to compromise outside of the budget process have left the nation facing a series of fiscal cliffs and crises.