Establish a realistic deadline for Congress to complete action on a biennial budget.
Congress has continually failed to adopt a budget resolution by the statutorily required April 15 deadline. In those years in which Congress has adopted a budget resolution, it has adopted the budget resolution an average of 36 days after the target date. The current deadline does not reflect a realistic timeline. Prior congressional reforms have delayed the budget deadline to reflect congressional pressures, with success. Thus, the Committee recommends setting a realistic and achievable deadline of May 1 for the first year of the biennium, which would give Congress an opportunity to complete its work on time. This delay is particularly necessary given the recommendation of a biennial budget process.