David Perdue: Time to punish lawmakers if they can’t do their jobs
By Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. David Perdue says it’s time to impose real penalties against lawmakers when they fail to pass budgets and spending bills on time, and thinks the new Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform might be the way to deliver those penalties.
Perdue and 15 other House and Senate lawmakers were appointed to the select committee over the last week. The group is hoping to agree on reforms that end the cycle of government shutdowns and omnibus spending bills that has dominated Congress for the last decade.
The Georgia Republican has several ideas for fixing the process, including combining some of the 12 annual bills together to streamline the work and using a calendar year instead of the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.
“The first year of new Congress, we start out three months behind and you never catch up,” he said.
But in an interview with the Washington Examiner, Perdue stressed that a big part of the reform needs to be real consequences for lawmakers if they fail to do the work.
“If you don’t have consequences that penalize the players, Congress and the administration for nonperformance, then it won’t work,” he said.
“No matter what you do in the process, if you don’t have some ramification for nonperformance at the end of the budget cycle and at the end of the funding cycle, then it’s all for naught,” Perdue added.
Read more in the Washington Examiner.