Sen Perdue: No Congressional Recess Until Funding Process Is Done
Atlanta Business Chronicle
U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., and two of his Senate Republican colleagues have introduced a proposal to prohibit members of Congress from leaving Washington until the federal government is reopened.
Under the plan, if both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have not approved a federal budget by April 15 or passed all 12 annual spending bills by Aug. 1, Congress would not be able to adjourn for more than eight hours and no funds would be available for official travel. To enforce the measure, two quorum calls would be held each day to ensure lawmakers remain in the capital.
“Congress should be held to the same standards of people in the real world,” Perdue said. “Washington’s broken funding process has created a dysfunctional cycle of continuing resolutions, last-minute spending deals and government shutdowns. Enough is enough. … We should not go home until we have completed our work. Period.”
Perdue is being joined in the effort by GOP Sens. Joni Ernst of Iowa and James Lankford of Oklahoma.
We’ve put forward a plan to keep the politicians in Washington if they fail to get the job done on time. If the U.S. House and Senate have not passed a budget by April 15 and all 12 funding bills by August 1, then:
- Congress cannot recess for more than eight hours.
- No funds will be available for official work travel.
- Both the House and Senate will have two quorum calls a day to ensure Members of Congress will not leave Washington.
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