RSC says budget process must change
An influential group of House conservatives admitted that it has been outmaneuvered in recent government shutdown showdowns, and called for Congress to ditch the current spending process to avoid more losses in the future.
The Republican Study Committee said it wants to see one massive spending bill brought to the chamber floor during the summer, or well before the Oct. 1 deadline for having government funding in place for the next fiscal year.
That way lawmakers will have a chance to debate and make changes without deadline pressures and the threat of a government shutdown.
“The game of financial and political brinksmanship has yielded few, if any, victories for conservatives,” RSC Chairman Mark Walker said. “We cannot keep punting this problem.”
It’s been years since Congress passed all 12 of the annual appropriations bills to fund the basic operations of government. It’s been even longer since those bills were all approved before the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year.