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The United States House of Representatives Committee on the Budget is a standing committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The committee was created on July 12, 1974. The inaugural committee was chaired by Albert C. Ullman.[1]


114th Congress

The committee chairman in the 114th Congress is Tom Price (R).

113th Congress

The committee chairman in the 113th Congress was Paul Ryan (R).[2]

112th Congress

The committee chairman in the 112th Congress was Paul Ryan (R).


2015-2016 (114th Congress)

Committee on Budget Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (15)Republican members (22)
Chris Van Hollen (Maryland) Ranking MemberTom Price (Georgia) Chairman
John Yarmuth (Kentucky) Todd Rokita (Indiana) Vice Chairman
Bill Pascrell (New Jersey) Scott Garrett (New Jersey)
Tim Ryan (Ohio) Mario Diaz-Balart (Florida)
Gwen Moore (Wisconsin) Tom Cole (Oklahoma)
Kathy Castor (Florida) Tom McClintock (California)
Jim McDermott (Washington) Diane Black (Tennessee)
Barbara Lee (California) Rob Woodall (Georgia)
Hakeem Jeffries (New York) Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee)
Mark Pocan (Wisconsin) Vicky Hartzler (Missouri)
Michelle Lujan Grisham (New Mexico) Tom Rice (South Carolina)
Debbie Dingell (Michigan) Marlin Stutzman (Indiana)
Ted Lieu (California) Mark Sanford (South Carolina)
Donald Norcross (New Jersey) Aaron Schock (Illinois)
Seth Moulton (Massachusetts) Steve Womack (Arkansas)
David Brat (Virginia)
Rod Blum (Iowa)
Alex Mooney (West Virginia)
Glenn Grothman (Wisconsin)
Gary Palmer (Alabama)
John Moolenaar (Michigan)
Bruce Westerman (Arkansas)

2013-2014 (113th Congress)

2011-2012 (112th Congress)

Committee legislation

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the legislation coming out of each committee.

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2012 Vote controversy

In March 2012, Tim Huelskamp (KS) and Justin Amash (MI) were the only Republicans who voted against Paul Ryan's budget plan in the House Budget Committee. Huelskamp and Amash both said they felt the plan did not cut the budget fast enough. In December 2012 it was revealed that both representatives would not serve on the House Budget Committee in the 113th Congress.[3][4] Huelskamp also lost his seat on the Agriculture Committee.[5][6][4] Republican Reps. Walter B. Jones (NC) and David Schweikert (AZ) complete the quartet of lawmakers who lost plumb committee seats (both were let go from the Financial Services Committee) during the Republican Steering Commission's December purge of so-called "obstinate" team members.[7]

The decision to terminate the four Rep.'s committee assignments, spearheaded by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), resonated powerfully with the increasingly divergent party ranks and the political media. Both a virtual anomaly, historically, and as a not-altogether-unexpected reaction to the tea party's storming of the GOP establishment in 2010, the purge threw into harsh relief a context of internal conflict between affirming and ebbing institutional identity. Huelskamp called it a “typical Backroom deal,” of the sort the tea party targeted upon invasion as a symbol of the detachment of the GOP congressional establishment from the needs and problems of their constituencies. Many party insiders dispute the claims presented by Huelskamp and his spurned cohort that ideological differences played any role in their dismissal from the committees. Instead, the decision was the result of bad behavior on the part of three of the four, according to Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (GA), whose candid response to the event provided a headline-worthy insult byte that was quickly refined by a spokeswoman into what the mainstream press could call "the obstinate factor."[8] Huelskamp, for example, was not punished for voting against his colleagues on the budget, but for undermining his fellow team members through various social media postings, he says. Matt Kibbe, president of a Tea party group called Freedomworks, represents the position of those skeptical of Boehner and the party establishment's motivations: “This is a clear attempt on the part of Republican leadership to punish those in Washington who vote the way they promised their constituents they would — on principle — instead of mindlessly rubber-stamping trillion dollar deficits and the bankrupting of America.”[9] Westmoreland's comments were primarily in defense of the leadership's cause of removing difficult personalities from the equation, but his loyalty faltered with regard to Jones, whose own ideological dissent came from the left. “I love Walter Jones; he’s one of the nicest, most sincere, honest people up here,” Westmoreland said.[8]


According to the official House website, the jurisdiction of the Budget Committee includes the following:

  1. Concurrent resolutions on the budget (as defined in section 3(4) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974), other matters required to be referred to the committee under titles III and IV of that Act, and other measures setting forth appropriate levels of budget totals for the United States Government.
  2. Budget process generally.
  3. Establishment, extension, and enforcement of special controls over the Federal budget, including the budgetary treatment of offbudget Federal agencies and measures providing exemption from reduction under any order issued under part C of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control

Act of 1985.


—Rules of the House of Representatives[11]


Committee on the Budget
U.S. House of Representatives
207 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 226-7270

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