United States Senate
|Chair||Sheldon Whitehouse (D) |
Since February 2, 2023
|Ranking member||Chuck Grassley (R) |
Since February 2, 2023
|Political parties||Majority (11)
|Policy areas||Budgetary policy and process, Fiscal policy, Government spending, Public debt, Tax expenditures|
|Oversight authority||Congressional Budget Office|
|House counterpart||House Budget Committee|
|608 Dirksen Senate Office Building |
Washington, DC 20510
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.
The current Chair is Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and the Ranking Member is Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley.
The Budget Committee should not be 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 bills for specific tax and spending policies.
Main article: 118th United States Congress
|Edmund S. Muskie||Democratic||Maine||1975–1980|
|Ernest F. Hollings||Democratic||South Carolina||1980–1981|
|Pete Domenici||Republican||New Mexico||1981–1987|
|Pete Domenici||Republican||New Mexico||1995–2001|
|Kent Conrad||Democratic||North Dakota||2001[b]|
|Pete Domenici||Republican||New Mexico||2001|
|Kent Conrad||Democratic||North Dakota||2001–2003[c]|
|Judd Gregg||Republican||New Hampshire||2005–2007|
|Kent Conrad||Democratic||North Dakota||2007–2013|
|Sheldon Whitehouse||Democratic||Rhode Island||2023–present|
Main article: 117th United States Congress
Main article: 116th United States Congress