United States Senate Committee on the Budget

The United States Senate Committee on the 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

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, 114th Congress

Majority Minority

Source: 2013 Congressional Record, Vol. 159, Page S296

Chairmen, 1974–present

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 2013–2014
Mike Enzi Republican Wyoming 2015-present


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

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