by Patrick Louis Knudsen
The Heritage Foundation
April 14, 2014
Heritage Lecture
Responding to the breakdown of congressional budgeting over the past several years, analysts and lawmakers have offered a variety of proposals to correct specific flaws in the process and revive this most fundamental act of governing. Although full restoration likely will require a complete overhaul and a new budget act, examining these incremental changes can help to clarify the desirable elements of a broader reform. Understandably, most of the proposals emphasize making the process more efficient, more manageable, and more disciplined. At the same time, these practical aims should be weighed in the broader context of budgeting as an essential exercise of governing. The budget process should strive not merely to accommodate constitutional principles, but to advance them, reinforcing that framework as the fundamental platform for public policy.

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