Shut­down al­ter­na­tive

The News & Observer (Sunday) - - Opinion -

I am a re­tired fed­eral em­ployee who was in­volved in the fed­eral bud­get process. Even after re­ceiv­ing their an­nual ap­pro­pri­a­tions from Con­gress, fed­eral de­part­ments and agen­cies al­ways have the op­tion to re­quest a sup­ple­men­tal ap­pro­pri­a­tion, usu­ally (but not al­ways) for pre­vi­ously unan­tic­i­pated needs.

In this light, Con­gress could now ap­prove ap­pro­pri­a­tions for the 8-9 Fed­eral de­part­ments (in­clud­ing DHS), the shut­down would end, and then DHS could make a re­quest to Con­gress, for a sup­ple­men­tal ap­pro­pri­a­tion re­lated to bor­der se­cu­rity. This re­quest would then be sub­ject to con­gres­sional re­view and then a straight up-and-down vote would oc­cur in both the House and Se­nate, if Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell let such a vote oc­cur in the Se­nate. This is the way our democ­racy is sup­posed to func­tion. – Jim Witeck Apex

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