Perdue’s Plan To Fix Congress’ Broken Funding Process Gets Widespread Support
Cindy Morley, InsiderAdvantage
U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) is proposing bold changes to fix Congress’ broken funding process, and he’s receiving widespread support from former U.S. Senate leadership and policy groups.
Over the past four years, Perdue — a member of the Senate Budget Committee — has met with policy experts, outside groups, retired Members of Congress, and his colleagues from both parties and chambers to study best practices and highlight the flaws of the current funding process. The result — The Fix Funding First Act.
Former Senate leadership agrees Perdue.
“Do we need funding process reform in the Congress? Obviously, we do and have for a long time,” said Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) “The system has broken down that funds the government. Senator Perdue of Georgia has a plan that would improve the process.
“His plan includes process milestones with consequences if they are not met. It makes budgets a law and quite sensibly changes the fiscal year in order to give Congress more time to complete the process. Senator Perdue’s plan won’t fix all the problems, but it is a major step to help make the budget process work.”
The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget also spoke out in favor of Perdue’s plan. “We commend Senator Perdue for putting forward the Fix Funding First Act of 2019, a bill containing many proposals that would improve the federal budget process,” said Maya MacGuineas, President. “He deserves praise for his tireless work and commitment to reforming our broken budget process. Unfortunately, the process has descended into an exercise in political posturing and jumping from crisis to crisis. Sen. Perdue’s ideas are a helpful contribution to the reform debate and would create a framework for a more thoughtful and timely federal budget process.”