CSNDS Fiscal Rules Working Group

Crafting the text for an effective amendment.

Working Group Experts:

Judd Gregg

Judd served as U.S. Senator (1993 – 2011); Chair of the Senate Budget Committee (2005 – 2007); and a member of the Simpson Bowles commission (2011).

David M. Walker

Dave is former Comptroller General of the United States and CEO of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), former CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, and Founder and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative.

Dr. Barry Poulson

Barry is a Professor of Economics at the University of Colorado and a lead researcher developing the rules for an effective fiscal responsibility / balanced budget amendment.

Working Group Report


It could be argued that the greatest challenge of the campaign for a fiscal responsibility / balanced budget amendment is to ensure that it accounts for all the factors that could prevent fiscal balance and sustainability in the federal budget. The charge of this working group is to draft the fiscal rules necessary to meet that challenge. Once they have been finalized, the co-chairs will present them to Congress and/or national convention once the process of drafting the amendment has begun.