Strengthen budget enforcement.

The budget process, particularly in the Senate, is susceptible to being used as a procedural maneuver to bypass the filibuster threshold. This has tainted the larger budget reconciliation process. Thus, the Committee recommends that the budget reconciliation process only be used to reduce deficits 

If Congress adds to the deficit, it should follow regular order to allow a fuller debate. In addition, Congress could consider requiring an explanation in the budget resolution committee report and conference agreement as to why assumed changes in direct spending or revenue have not been reconciled. Reconciliation is the principle enforcement procedure for direct spending and revenue changes. There are reasons why some items may not be reconciled but requiring an explanation may stop the assumption of large savings that are not intended to be implemented. Thus, it would help produce a more realistic budget path in the budget resolution.

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