U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, today testified before the House Committee on the Budget during its Members' Day hearing on the Fiscal Year 2014 House Budget Resolution. In his testimony, Whitfield expressed his concern over what he considers to be a broken budget process in need of reform.
"I genuinely believe that one of the reasons that Congress has such a low approval rating is that many people across America perceive that if Congress cannot do its most basic task of adopting a budget, then that contributes to the impression that this is an ineffective body," stated Whitfield in his testimony. "Congress has only met the deadline for passing a budget resolution six times since 1974. One way we could improve the process is to go to a two year budget cycle. So, one year Congress could be totally consumed by the budget, the next year they could do the authorizing, the oversight, and so forth."
In 1974, Congress passed the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act, which established the federal government's current budget process. However, as Whitfield notes in his testimony, Congress has only met the deadline to pass a budget resolution six times.
Whitfield believes adopting a two year budget process will lead to better examination of federal spending and the elimination of wasteful and duplicative government programs. In one year, the House can focus on making federal programs better or eliminating them, and in the next year, the House can focus on the spending levels for those programs.