Congressman Adrian Smith believes Congress could learn from the Unicameral on how to deal with the budget.
At present, the budget process in Washington is a mess, according to Smith.
“Our appropriations process is broken,” Smith tells reporters during a conference call. “I think one thing we need to do to help establish a process to repair the appropriations process is similar to what is done in Nebraska with the budget is a two year budget.”
Smith says Congress needs to get away from running the government on continuing resolutions. Those resolutions continue current spending when Congress deadlocks on spending plans.
Smith says adopting a two-year budget, such as used by the Nebraska Legislature, would help.
“But, clearly like I said, the appropriations process is broken. We want an open appropriations process, but it takes time. We keep running out of time and that’s why I think it would be healthy to have a two-year, what we call biennial budgeting and appropriations process,” Smith says.
Under the biennial budget, the legislative body approves a spending plan for two years, but reviews it during the off year to determine whether any adjustments must be made.