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Empty seats – another sign of looming fiscal crisis?

June 28, 2019

A couple days ago, the Senate Budget Committee held a hearing titled “Fixing a Broken Budget and Spending Process: Securing the Nation’s Fiscal Future.” The hearing featured testimony from U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, and his recommendations to develop alternatives to current debt limit procedures as a source of fiscal discipline.

Committee chair Sen. Mike Enzi (Wyoming) opened the hearing, with Dodaro in the witness chair. You can see what the hearing looked like in the picture below. 

In turn, please consider watching these 6 minutes of hearing video. It includes good questions from Sen. Mike Braun (Indiana). Sen. Braun expressed dismay with the low hearing attendance, and cited it as a symptom of deeper fiscal governance failures. He asked Dodaro what the future could look like if the government continued to wait until a fiscal crisis forced it to act.



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