For the first time in many years, Congress may be able to pass a budget for fiscal year 2016. This spring, the House and Senate each passed their version of a proposed budget, and now a conference committee has been named to work out the differences. Two Georgians are represented on the committee. House Budget Chairman Tom Price of Roswell will be a House delegate, and Senator David Perdue will be one of the representatives from the Senate.
The Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, with hopes of being able to come up with an agreement within the next two weeks. President Obama does not have to sign the budget.
In addition to Chairman Price, House Republican conference committee members include House Budget Vice Chairman Todd Rokita (IN-04), and Congressmen Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Diane Black (TN-06), and John Moolenaar (MI-04). Democratic members are Ranking Democrat Chris Van Hollen (MD-08), Gwen Moore (WI-04), and John Yarmuth (KY-03).
Price issued the following statement after Speaker John Boehner named the conference committee members:
Congress is set to forge an agreement on a plan to balance the nation’s budget. Both the House and Senate have already passed our respective proposals that would achieve that goal, and today’s appointment of conferees is the vital next step. In the days to come, we will sit down and discuss how to advance these positive solutions together in order to secure more economic growth and opportunity, hold Washington accountable, promote patient-centered health care, and ensure a strong national defense. At a time when our nation faces many challenges both at home and abroad, I look forward to working with my colleagues to achieve real results for the American people.
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi issued this statement after his chamber’s conference committee was named:
Last month, the Senate Budget Committee took an important first step in helping to change the way we do business here in Washington – by reporting out a balanced budget,” said Chairman Enzi. “This week, we take the next step and start work on a joint balanced budget resolution with our colleagues in the House that will expand America’s economy and increase opportunities for hardworking families. A balanced budget approved by Congress will help make the government live within its means and set spending limits for our nation. I look forward to joining my colleagues in both the Senate and House as we take this next step in delivering a government that is more accountable to each and every American.
Senate GOP conference committee members include Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., the Budget Committee chairman, Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi, Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, and Perdue. Democratic members include Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, the ranking member of the Budget Committee, who caucuses with Democrats, Patty Murray, D-Washington, Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Mark Warner, D-Virginia, Edward Markey, D-Massachusetts, and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin.