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Will Congress Ever Pass A Full One Year Budget On Time?

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Dear Editor:

Congress passed and President Biden signed a continuing resolution to provide funding to keep the federal government open until December 16th, and this is disappointing. The annual federal government process for adoption of a new budget reminds me of “Stuck In The Middle With You” by the band Stealers Wheel. The words “Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with you” perfectly sum up the chaos and gridlock in Washington.

Both the President and Congress need to work together, if we are going to put our fiscal house in order and deal with a $30.9 trillion long term debt. We need to return to the time decades ago when Congress held budget hearings for each department during the summer. A real balanced budget agency by agency was adopted during an open process. Members of Congress, federal employees, public, watchdog groups and media were afforded sufficient time to understand the contents prior to adoption. Full federal budgets were adopted on time prior to the start of any new Federal Fiscal year on October 1.

Larry Penner

 

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