Ribble highlights merits of biennial budgeting

Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) recently testified before the House Rules Committee that Congress has passed budget resolutions on time on only six occasions since 1974, which indicates an ineffective process is in place.

Ribble introduced the bipartisan Biennial Budgeting and Enhanced Oversight Act to alter the biennial budget and appropriations cycle so Congress would focus on budgeting and appropriations in one year and program authorizations in the next year.

“Our country deserves a budget process that adapts to our current challenges,” Ribble said. “American families and businesses want greater economic certainty and spending clarity so they can plan and adapt accordingly. The American people also want to know that Congress is spending taxpayer dollars wisely and efficiently.”

The measure is designed to bring certainty to the budget and appropriations process so that agencies are able to plan accordingly and operate more efficiently.

“Because of Congress’ failure to complete its work, we are forced to rely on short-term spending bills – commonly known as continuing resolutions – that are hastily passed, usually without significant reforms to programs that could come from effective oversight,” Ribble said.

A biennial budgeting cycle would shift the legislative focus from spending to oversight, Ribble said, and it would reduce waste that results from the “use it or lose it” mentality among federal agencies.

The bill has more than 140 co-sponsors and was supported by numerous national budget organizations.