There are some rumblings, all of which are completely unconfirmed at this point, that the White House is going to propose a budget commission when the president delivers the State of the Union Address that is currently scheduled for January 26.
A presidential budget commission would allow the White House to seize the initiative from those in Congress — mainly Senators Kent Conrad (D-ND), Judd Gregg (R-NH), and Evan Bayh (D-IN) — who have been pushing for a congressional budget commission. More importantly, it would give the administration far more control over who would serve on the commission, what the panel would be charged with doing, and when it reported.
A presidential initiative would also mean that the White House would control the commission’s budget and staff, two factors that are often overlooked but frequently are critical to what, if anything, is done.
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