How does the federal budget process work?  Is the system truly broken and, if so, how should Congress address the dysfunction? Aaron Jones, Director of Congressional Relations at the Wilson Center, provides historical context and insight in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


Aaron Jones is serving as the Director of Congressional Relations and came to the Wilson Center from Capitol Hill, where he served for eight years in the office of Rep. Hal Rogers (KY).  While working for Congressman Rogers, he handled policy issues on an array of topics including health care, transportation, energy, and agriculture.  He was also deeply involved in the appropriations process, working on a daily basis on legislation with the Appropriations Committee.  Aaron attended Morehead State University in Kentucky (B.A.) and the U.S. Naval War College (M.A.).  His expertise is in federal budgeting, the appropriations process, legislative history and U.S. politics, and he has given several lectures and presentations in these subjects.  He is active in his church and has many hobbies including playing several instruments and spending time with his wife and three children.


John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.

More on the Federal Budget Process

The Fiscal Ship, a game launched by the Wilson Center’s Serious Games Initiative and Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy at Brookings Institute, provides you with the opportunity to try your hand at devising a federal budget. What are your priorities? What would you cut or what might you increase funding to? Give it a try and tell us what you think.

For more on the Fiscal Ship:

To play the game: