bureau the budget

United States Senate Committee on the Budget

The United States Senate Committee on Budget was established by the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974. It is responsible for drafting Congress's annual budget plan and monitoring action on the budget for the Federal Government. The committee has jurisdiction over the Congressional Budget Office.

Contrasted with other committees

The Budget Committee is often confused with the Finance Committee and the Appropriations Committee, both of which have different jurisdictions. The Finance Committee (like the Ways and Means Committee in the House of Representatives) has legislative jurisdiction in the areas of taxes, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and some other entitlements. The Appropriations Committee has legislative jurisdiction over appropriations bills, which provide funding for government programs. While the budget resolution prepared by the Budget Committee sets out a broad blueprint for the Congress with respect to the total levels of revenues and spending for the government as a whole, these other Committees prepare the legislation that actually enacts specific tax and spending policies.

Members, 110th Congress

The Committee is chaired by Democrat Kent Conrad of North Dakota, and the Ranking Minority Member is Republican Judd Gregg of New Hampshire.

Senator State Kent Conrad, Chairman North Dakota Patty Murray Washington Russ Feingold Wisconsin Ron Wyden Oregon Tim Johnson South Dakota Robert Byrd West Virginia Bill Nelson Florida Debbie Stabenow Michigan Bob Menendez New Jersey Ben Cardin Maryland Bernie Sanders Vermont Sheldon Whitehouse Rhode Island
Senator State Judd Gregg, Ranking Member New Hampshire Pete Domenici New Mexico Charles Grassley Iowa Wayne Allard Colorado Michael Enzi Wyoming Jeff Sessions Alabama Jim Bunning Kentucky Mike Crapo Idaho John Ensign Nevada John Cornyn Texas Lindsey Graham South Carolina

Chairmen, 1975-present

Chairman Party State Years Edmund S. Muskie Democratic Maine 1975 – 1980 Ernest F. Hollings Democratic South Carolina 1980 – 1981 Pete V. Domenici Republican New Mexico 1981 – 1987 Lawton M. Chiles Democratic Florida 1987 – 1989 James R. Sasser Democratic Tennessee 1989 – 1995 Pete V. Domenici Republican New Mexico 1995 – January 3 2001 Kent Conrad Democratic North Dakota January 3 2001January 20 2001 Pete V. Domenici Republican New Mexico January 20 2001June 21 2001 Kent Conrad Democratic North Dakota June 21 2001 – 2003 Donald L. Nickles Republican Oklahoma 2003 – 2005 Judd A. Gregg Republican New Hampshire 2005 – 2007 Kent Conrad Democrat North Dakota 2007 – present

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