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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. The committee briefly operated as a special committee from 1919 to 1920 during the 66th Congress, before being made a standing committee in 1974.[1]


  • Contrasted with other committees 1
  • Members, 113th Congress 2
  • Chairmen, 1974–present 3
  • External links 4
  • Notes 5

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 is analogous to the Ways and Means Committee in the House of Representatives; it 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, 113th Congress

Majority Minority


Chairman Party State Years
  Edmund S. Muskie Democratic Maine 1974–1980
  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, 2001 – January 20, 2001
  Pete V. Domenici Republican New Mexico January 20, 2001 – June 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 Democratic North Dakota 2007–2013
  Patty Murray Democratic Washington 2013–Present

External links

  • Official website
  • Senate Budget Committee member profiles collected news and commentary at The Washington Post


  1. ^ Walter Stubbs (1985), Congressional Committees, 1789–1982: A Checklist, Greenwood Press, pp. 16–17 
  2. ^ a b Sanders and King are independents, but caucus with the Democrats.
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