Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 879, the Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act, last week. Each year, the House and Senate have nine months to agree upon and pass a budget and twelve separate appropriations bills to fund government activities. Since 1980, Congress has only twice completed the appropriations process before the deadline on October 1. This bill would change the Congressional budget procedure from a one-year to a two-year cycle. Under a system of biennial budgeting, Congress would take the first year of each Congress to pass a two-year budget and two-year appropriations bills, leaving the second year for consideration of oversight of government programs and authorization bills.
Wilson stated, "Washington has a spending problem and the only way we can begin to address this issue is by making wiser decisions regarding our federal budget. With an over $16 trillion national debt, we must institute policies that spend taxpayer dollars more efficiently. Moving from a one-year to a two-year budget process will allow Congress to devote more time and attention to the wasteful programs and policies that need reform. Over the coming months, I look forward to working with members on both sides of the aisle to advance the Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act and help Congress meet its responsibility of providing accountability to those we proudly serve."