Fiscal Commission: Discretionary Working Group
DISCRETIONARY WORKING GROUP
National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility & Reform
The Administration’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform – better known as the “Fiscal Commission” — has three working groups, one of which is the Discretionary Working Group. This group is tasked with proposing reforms to reduce spending in discretionary programs.
Rep. James Spratt JOHN (D-SC) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) lead this group. Other members of the group are Alice Rivlin, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Rep. Jan Schawkowsky (D-IL), David Cote, and Ann Fudge.
Relatively little is known about working group discussions because, unlike meetings of the full Commission, working group meetings are not held publicly. According to one source, the working group may consider new budget rules, which may apply to both discretionary and mandatory spending. Another source claims some members of the discretionary working group are considering reforms to the defense contracting process, or cuts to military pay and benefits.