WASHINGTON, D.C. (8/3/13) – In the interest of increasing transparency, and eliminating the need for repeated short-term spending bills, U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield (KY-01) and Steve Stivers (R – OH) today introduced legislation that calls for the adoption of a two-year federal budget cycle.
The legislation, known formally as the Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act of 2013, would require the President to submit a two-year budget and Congress to consider a two-year budget resolution and a two- year appropriations cycle.
“I genuinely believe that one of the major problems facing Congress today is our budgetary and appropriations process,” said Whitfield. “If we could simplify the process, we could provide more oversight and more opportunity for meaningful review, and I believe the American people would benefit from it.”
"Washington can learn something about getting things done from the heartland,” Stivers said. “Ohio and 18 other states have biennial budgets that give time to review every program and move budget decisions out of the campaign year. This is a common-sense reform."
Whitfield and Stivers believe adopting a two year budget process will lead to better examination of federal spending and the elimination of wasteful and duplicative government programs. In one year, the Congress can focus on making federal programs better or eliminating them, and in the next year, the Congress can focus on the spending levels for those programs.
The legislation has been referred to the Committees on House Budget, House Rules, and House Oversight and Government Reform.
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