Congress has enacted a major reform to the way it does business that will enable a more accurate analysis of how legislation affects the economy.

Heritage’s Patrick Knudsen explained last spring what this reform, known as “dynamic scoring,” really means: “The principle is that certain changes in fiscal policy, such as reductions in tax rates, can alter both behavior and economic output, which in turn can affect the magnitude of changes in federal tax revenue.”

Had dynamic scoring been used by Congress earlier, lawmakers and the public might have better understood the costs of Obamacare and the benefits of conservative proposals like tax reform.

Heritage experts have given lawmakers the intellectual ammunition to adopt this reform, and spent much of 2014 making the case:

What do you think of this small but important victory?

Comments (15)

Gordon - January 16, 2015

To me honest, I have been so discourage at the direction our country has gone in the last six years, that I have continued to pray for the return of sane representatives in our Congress. I pray that our country reverts back to the Christian leadership we enjoyed in the past.

Nancy Ingling - January 16, 2015

Excellent. There seems to be a major disconnect between government decisions and known facts that can do good job of predicting consequences. Ideally, an objective assessment of expected consequences would be entered into debates and made public.

This looks like a good start if it is implemented well.

Jimmy Mahuron - January 16, 2015

Yes we should approve the KXL-Pipeline now asap. We have a new Congress and we can begin the recovery from the Obama Regime. We need to remove Barry from the White House if he doesn’t do his job and stop his executive abuses of the Office of the POTUS. Not every one is given the treatment this character has been given. It is not right. Please do what is right and keep Faith. Thanks.

RBERT WINTERS - January 16, 2015

Dynamic scoring will facilitate the passage of The FairTax, as it should.

Randy Perkins - January 16, 2015

Wonderful….a bigger victory then we think and will open doors for more victories

Allen Simon - January 16, 2015

Has this been passed by the senate? Has it been signed by the president?

Delores Moyer - January 16, 2015

Small steps are great; however, we need giant ones and ways around Obama’s Kingdom of doing what he wants regardless. Either he should be impeached or another way around his Executive Actions or I fear that, by the time he may be out of office, he will have almost ruined what America stands for, its economy, its standing in the world and made us a 3rd. world nation. Thus, DRASTIC ACTION is required and he must be impeached; we did that to Clinton (almost) so why not Obama as he is 100x worse than any predecessor in history.

Jerry Adamson (gerald) - January 16, 2015

We’ll never get their without conservative leadership in congress & senate their are to few of to make a difference. But keep up your good work. Jerry

Halycon Ballard - January 16, 2015

Wonderful needs. Also we need truthful executive summary of all proposed legislation with bullet points of why needed, how much it will cost , pros and cons – in man on the street language. Also no law should be passed thT exempts congress or protects congress members from the effects of the laws. Thank you for all you do.

Marilyn H. Masi - January 16, 2015

Thank God for The Heritage Foundation and all the work you do to make our country a strong conservative nation. Maybe next time more than 20 members of congress will participate in your summit.

Jim Sinnerud - January 16, 2015

Sounds like it could only be an improvement.

Roger Baxter - January 16, 2015

It is all good. But, 192 pages is far too much for the average lawmaker to digest, let alone act upon. Your policy prescriptions should be limited to a maximum of 10 bullet points that can easily be memorized, and become a basis for action.

Eric Sandberg - January 17, 2015

I agree, this is how things should be looked at. However, when we have people in congress who seem to think it acceptable to vote into law bills they have not even read, let alone understood, it leaves a large question in my mind whether it can actually help much.

granville - January 18, 2015

I think this is the way to go. Keep the public informed and we can help you in making sure our representatives accountable. I am in the 4th con. district in Va., Randy Forbes betrayed his constituents in voting on the budget and his support of speaker of the house.. We will not forget in the in the next election

James D Marshall - January 20, 2015

This is a positive step. However, if Congress used common sense, they would understand that their actions affect the economy and the marketplace. So many of them seem out of touch with reality that they have no clue what the “man in the street” contends with on a daily basis. Such an impact analysis should be a part of every piece of legislation. May your voice be heard throughout the hill.

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