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WASHINGTON -- As Congress sorts through suggestions to cut federal spending, Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson is proposing that the government nix the idea of an annual budget altogether.

Isakson on Thursday plans to introduce legislation that would require the government to work on a two-year budget cycle instead of an annual budget cycle.

Doing so, Isakson said, would create more accountability and oversight and cut down on pork-barrel spending.

That's because under Isakson's plan, lawmakers would work on spending bills on odd-numbered years -- when they're not up for reelection -- and work on government oversight in even-numbered years, when they are up for reelection.

"It changes the paradigm," he said. "Instead of telling reporters about all the bacon you're going to bring home, you're telling them about all the savings you're going to find so you can pay for things in the future."

Backers of biennial budgeting also say it is more efficient, since lawmakers don't have to go through the arduous appropriations process every year. It's also a better way to determine whether a program is living up to expectations, proponents say, because it gives policy analysts a two-year record of performance, as opposed to a single year.
I generally don't like Isakson but this sounds like a pretty good idea.

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I don't care where the idea came from, sounds great to me! And once the budget is set, don't F with it.

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Not a new idea.

Clinton was all for it too.

However, there can be some problems.


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Despite expressing cautious support for a biennial budget process, both Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew and Congressional Budget Office Director Dan Crippen told the House Rules Committee Friday that process changes may not be enough to solve the inherently political problem of year-end gridlock.

At the committee's second of three hearings examining the pros and cons of a biennial budget cycle, Lew said the Clinton administration has supported the idea since 1993, and focused his testimony on recommendations for ensuring the success of biennial budgeting.

Lew cited the need for ensuring flexibility in the second year of the two-year cycle, and the importance of providing for a smooth transition from an annual to a biennial budget process - particularly if legislation were enacted this year, with a new administration taking office in January. But he said that in the end, "I think it all comes down to the question of comity" between the executive and legislative branches, and their ability to negotiate an agreement, even in the case of divided government. "The question I think we have to answer is can we make it work even if it's written right," Lew said.


As a member of the legislative rather than executive branch, Crippen was more qualified in his support of biennial budgeting, and voiced concern that a two-year cycle would weaken Congress' control of the federal budget.

But Crippen also testified that a biennial budget could improve the annual appropriations process and give Congress and federal agencies more time to carry out the requirements of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993.

But he said that having Congress and the White House controlled by different political parties for much of the past two decades has made getting "basic agreement on major issues, including budget issues, difficult to reach. That disagreement, not the budget cycle, may be the biggest hurdle to smoother budget deliberations in Congress." House Rules will hold its final hearing on the topic Thursday.

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WASHINGTON -- As Congress sorts through suggestions to cut federal spending, Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson is proposing that the government nix the idea of an annual budget altogether.

Isakson on Thursday plans to introduce legislation that would require the government to work on a two-year budget cycle instead of an annual budget cycle.
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Not a new idea.

Clinton was all for it too.
Sounds bipartisan to me?

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"It changes the paradigm," he said. "Instead of telling reporters about all the bacon you're going to bring home, you're telling them about all the savings you're going to find so you can pay for things in the future."

This is what they care about? And shove your party views...both sides think this way. Herein lies the problem.
It's all about living a lie and getting reelected and to hell with the future. If this is what we have to look forward to...GOD help us all.

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This is the reality of our election process. Although I must say I have never once voted for a candidate because they bragged about using Federal funds for a local project.

The 2 year budget sounds like a good idea but of course everything has a backside.

One way to get around the problem of Congressmen being accountable to special interests instead of their country is not just term limits but let us double the term that our legislators serve w/ a 1 term max. They do one term and they are out, permanently.

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This is the reality of our election process. Although I must say I have never once voted for a candidate because they bragged about using Federal funds for a local project.

The 2 year budget sounds like a good idea but of course everything has a backside.

One way to get around the problem of Congressmen being accountable to special interests instead of their country is not just term limits but let us double the term that our legislators serve w/ a 1 term max. They do one term and they are out, permanently.
But shouldn't the people have the representation they desire?

Lets say the people of GA really like one of their Senators and said person has done an exceptional job, shouldn't the citizens of GA be able to determine when he / she has been there long enough?

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If we had public funded elections, yes that would work.

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If we had public funded elections, yes that would work.
IMHO the best thing to do is get to get our Representatives off the Federal tit. Representatives work for the citizens of their respective state, why are they being paid out of the Federal budget? Shouldn't they be paid by the state they are representing?

If they were paid a modest STATE salary along with STATE benefits we might just get the ones best for the job.

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IMHO the best thing to do is get to get our Representatives off the Federal tit. Representatives work for the citizens of their respective state, why are they being paid out of the Federal budget? Shouldn't they be paid by the state they are representing?

If they were paid a modest STATE salary along with STATE benefits we might just get the ones best for the job.
Then you end up with everyone divided among state lines.

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