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Rep. Daniel Webster introduces the Budget Process Improvement Act

December 15, 2011
U.S. Representative Daniel Webster (FL-08) issued the following statement on his cooperation with a bipartisan working group to introduce the Budget Process Improvement Act:

“Over the years, reckless spending habits and budget gimmicks have brought us to this critical moment in history where we face a job-crippling national debt.

“It is with cooperation, not partisan politics, that we can move forward to inject common-sense solutions into the broken budget process.

“I thank the bipartisan group of lawmakers who have come together in a collaborative spirit to introduce the Budget Process Improvement Act. The common-sense reforms in this bill will foster greater accountability, greater transparency, and simplify the budget process. Some of these important reforms include: making sure current unbudgeted fiscal expenditures like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are examined; requiring the Congressional Budget Office to analyze the cost of legislation over a 20 year period; and implementing an accrual accounting method commonly used in the private sector.

“Americans cannot afford a broken Washington system based upon political rhetoric. It has taken many years for our partisan politics to create this dysfunction in our system. Though one bill cannot be expected to immediately rectify the current state of partisan discourse, this bill will bring sunshine and accountability to our federal budget,”
said U.S. Representative Daniel Webster.

Click Here for more information on the Budget Process Improvement Act or Here to read the bill text. Please visit for additional details.

Sponsors of this bipartisan legislation include Jim Renacci (R-OH), Mike Quigley (D-IL). Original cosponsors include many members of the bipartisan working group: John Carney (D-DE) Larry Buschon (R-IN), Jim Himes (D-CT), Bill Owens (D-NY), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), and Daniel Webster (R-FL).