Lawmakers ought to have an opportunity to vote on a common-sense proposal to shift the federal government to a biennial budgeting cycle before leaving town at the end of September, Concord Coalition Government Relations Director Phil LaRue writes this week.
“A longer-term budget would give Congress more time to focus its attention on the real drivers of growing federal deficits: aging demographics, rising health care costs and an inefficient tax code,” LaRue said. There have been reports that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) may place a biennial budgeting proposal on the floor before Congress leaves town.
The legislation, authored by Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), would move the government to a biennial cycle, with the budget resolution and appropriations measures completed in the first year of the cycle. In the second year lawmakers could focus on oversight and long-term planning, which are often neglected under the current system.
Ribble’s bill is co-sponsored by 238 House members, including 182 Republicans as well as majorities of the New Democrat Coalition and Blue Dog Coalition on the Democratic side of the aisle.
Concord Letter to Rep. Reid Ribble on Biennial Budgeting