House and Senate leaders announced appointments to the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform. The temporary panel was created by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 [See Washington Highlights, Feb. 9] and ordered to “provide recommendations and legislative language that will significantly reform the budget and appropriations process.” Additionally, the joint committee must produce a report no later than Nov. 30, 2018.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) Feb. 22 announced the appointment of Reps. Steve Womack (R-Ark.), Pete Sessions (R-Texas), Rob Woodall (R-Ga.), and Jodey Arrington (R-Texas). Similarly, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Feb. 23 announced the appointment of Reps. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), and Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) to the new budget and appropriations panel.
For the Senate’s assignments, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Feb. 27 announced the appointment of Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) Feb. 26 announced that Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) will serve on the panel for the Senate Democrats.