Better, he said, would be to change the requirement. Switch to a two-year budget plan, Mr. Reid said, in a Roll Call report. And his plan has gathered bipartisan steam.
“This has been something that has been looked at by a lot of people. We have had, over the years, many people who’ve said that this is probably a good idea,” Mr. Reid said, in the Roll Call report. “And if we were ever going to do that, we should take a look at it now because we’re getting back into the appropriations process.”
“We can’t fix our debt and deficits until we fix our budget process, and biennial budgeting is a smart way to move forward,” said Ms. Shaheen, in Roll Call. “Biennial budgeting will help remove uncertainty that currently blunts economic growth but will also give us a better opportunity to exercise oversight and rein in excess spending.”
Republican Joe Wilson introduced a companion measure in the House, which now has several cosponsors.
“Moving from a one-year to a two-year budget process will allow Congress to devote more time and attention to the wasteful programs and policies that need reform,” Mr. Wilson said.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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