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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act that established a budget process unique to the legislative branch.

The act created the House and Senate Budget committees and the Congressional Budget Office, along with procedures the president must follow when implementing congressional appropriations. Fifty years later, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) invites you to an exclusive event examining the CBA’s successes and failures, as well as where policymakers can go from here.

Join BPC and The Hill for this robust conversation featuring CBO directors past and present, and current and former members of Congress.

The event is scheduled for 3 p.m. EDT.

Watch the live video above.


  • Margaret Spellings, President & CEO, Bipartisan Policy Center

Opening Remarks

  • Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.), Ranking Member, House Budget Committee

Panel I: CBO Directors Past & Present (in conversation with Mike Viqueira, Washington Bureau Chief, NewsNation)

  • Dan Crippen (1999-2003)
  • Doug Elmendorf (2009-2015)
  • Keith Hall (2015-2019)
  • Douglas Holtz-Eakin (2003-2005)
  • Robert Reischauer (1989-1995)
  • Phill Swagel (2019-present)

Panel II: Former Members of Congress (in conversation with Mychael Schnell, Congressional Reporter, The Hill)

  • Bill Gradison Jr., Former Ranking Member, House Budget Committee (R-Ohio)
  • Don Nickles, Former Chair, Senate Budget Committee (R-Okla.)
  • Leon Panetta, Former Chair, House Budget Committee Chairman (D-Calif.)
  • Jeff Sessions, Former Ranking Member, Senate Budget Committee (R-Ala.)
  • John Yarmuth, Former Chair, House Budget Committee (D-Ky.)

Panel III: Current Policymakers (in conversation with Margaret Spellings, President & CEO, Bipartisan Policy Center)

  • Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Texas), Chair, House Budget Committee
  • Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Chair, Senate Budget Committee
  • Hon. Shalanda Young, Director, Office of Management & Budget

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