Ryan throws weight behind two-year spending reform

Ryan throws weight behind two-year spending reform
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHow does the 25th Amendment work? Sinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act GOP super PAC drops .5 million on Nevada ad campaign MORE (R-Wis.) is throwing his weight behind a proposal to halve the number of spending bills Congress considers each year, and lengthen their scope to two years.

“I think biennial budgeting is the smartest way to go,” Ryan told the Joint Select Committee on Budget Reform, a bipartisan, bicameral committee tasked with proposing changes to the current budgeting process, on Wednesday.

“I think it’s not too much to ask, with the way the Senate works, to do six this year, six next year,” he added.

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The proposal, also championed by Senate Budget Chairman Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziCruz gets help from Senate GOP in face of serious challenge from O’Rourke Budget chairs press appropriators on veterans spending Forcing faith-based agencies out of the system is a disservice to women MORE (R-Wy.), would have Congress consider half of the 12 appropriations bills in the first year of a congressional term, and the other half in the second year. Each bill would cover two years, providing more certainty to the agencies while freeing Congress up to focus on appropriating over a longer timeline.

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiSinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act Internal RNC poll shows Pelosi is more popular than Trump: report Indicted lawmaker angers GOP with decision to run for reelection MORE (D-Calif.) agreed that part of the process should span two years, but disagreed on the details.

“I do believe two years for the budget, one year for the appropriations legislation is the way to go,” she said, an approach that would outline spending limits for 24 months, but still require all 12 appropriations bills to pass on an annual basis.

Pelosi said that pay-as-you-go rules should also be strictly enforced and that budgets should only include policy assumptions they require through reconciliation, a change that would make the budget less of a political messaging document.

The joint select committee has until year’s end to propose recommendations to a budgetary process that is widely seen as dysfunctional, often resulting in late passage of spending bills, the use of restrictive budgetary extensions and occasional government shutdowns.