by Patrick Louis Knudsen
The Heritage Foundation
December 05, 2013
The congressional budget process has unraveled just as the federal government is approaching fiscal crisis. The breakdown not only risks severe budgetary and economic consequences, but also threatens the constitutional system itself. It enables unrestrained expansion of the public sector, undermines congressional policymaking, and encourages an undue concentration of power in the executive branch. Incremental reforms, however well considered, would likely fail to restore congressional budgeting. Instead, Congress should completely dismantle and rebuild the budget process to limit government, enhance Congress’s policymaking role, restore the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches, and control the administrative state. The ultimate goal of budgeting should be to reinforce and strengthen constitutional government.

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