House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers and 12 other Republicans on the panel have called on budget negotiators to agree to spending levels for two years by Dec. 2 so Congress will be able to pass annual spending bills and avoid another government shutdown. The lawmakers warned in a letter that if an agreement on spending caps is not reached, it could result in another shutdown. In the letter, to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, they wrote, "If a timely agreement is not reached, the likely alternatives could have extremely damaging repercussions."
Bill4DogCatcher sez: Yes, this would be a brilliant idea in many ways. It would move the budget wars beyond the 2014 elections, letting us focus on running government, and it would give us a better budget tool for stable funding of federal programs. We should consider going permanently to a two year budget cycle, with the funding cycle falling on odd years so that we keep this part of government out of the hair-on-fire election years.
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