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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]


113th congress

Paul Ryan (R) retained his role as committee chair in the 113th Congress.[2]

112th congress

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


2013-2014 (113th Congress)

Committee on Budget Members, 2013-2014
Democratic members (15)Republican members (22)
Chris Van Hollen (Maryland) Ranking memberPaul Ryan (Wisconsin) Chairman
John Yarmuth (Kentucky) Tom Price (Georgia) Vice-Chairman
Bill Pascrell (New Jersey) Scott Garrett (New Jersey)
Tim Ryan (Ohio) John Campbell (California)
Gwen Moore (Wisconsin) Ken Calvert (California)
Kathy Castor (Florida) Tom Cole (Oklahoma)
Jim McDermott (Washington) Tom McClintock (California)
Barbara Lee (California) James Lankford (Oklahoma)
Hakeem Jeffries (New York) Diane Black (Tennessee)
Mark Pocan (Wisconsin) Reid Ribble (Wisconsin)
Michelle Lujan Grisham (New Mexico) Bill Flores (Texas)
Jared Huffman (California) Todd Rokita (Indiana)
Tony Cardenas (California) Rob Woodall (Georgia)
Earl Blumenauer (Oregon) Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee)
Kurt Schrader (Oregon) Alan Nunnelee (Mississippi)
Scott Rigell (Virginia)
Vicky Hartzler (Missouri)
Jackie Walorski (Indiana)
Luke Messer (Indiana)
Tom Rice (South Carolina)
Roger Williams (Texas)
Sean Duffy (Wisconsin)

2011-2012 (112th Congress)

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. supervise that no bill, resolution, amendment, motion, or conference report dealing with any matter within the jurisdiction of the Budget Committee shall be considered in the House unless it is a bill or resolution that has been reported by the Budget Committee or unless it is an amendment to a bill or resolution reported by the Budget Committee.
  2. oversee the concurrent resolution on the budget.
  3. oversee other matters required to be referred to it pursuant to the Budget Act.
  4. oversee the establishment, extension, and enforcement of special controls over the federal budget and the budget process generally.


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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