RSC says bud­get process must change

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Stephen Dinan

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.

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