U.S. SENATE — Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines called for increased transparency at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) while chairing his first hearing as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee. The CBO has been criticized previously for not providing enough detail to explain its findings in budget estimates and scoring of legislation.
“The CBO, along with all members of the legislative branch, must answer to American taxpayers,” said Daines. “As Chairman, I will fight for increased transparency and accountability within the legislative branch.”
During the hearing, Daines questioned director of the CBO, Keith Hall, on what the CBO is doing to increase transparency and accountability at the organization as it requests additional funding to increase staff.
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On August 3, 2017, Daines sponsored the CBO Show Your Work Act, which would improve the legislative process by making the Congressional Budget Office more transparent and accountable.
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