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This time around, the need for major reform to the congressional budget process has been brought on by Congress‘ internal problems.

The budget and appropriations processes as they exist today were not built to withstand the politics of an increasingly partisan and polarized Congress. Nor were they designed to function effectively in the era of the permanent campaign for re-election.

Without an overhaul of the way lawmakers do their work, it will be difficult for any congressional majority, whether large or small, Republican or Democratic, to spend the people’s money responsibly.

Tammy M. Frisby is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and teaches political science and public policy at Stanford University.