published Monday, October 7th, 2013

Isakson urges two-year federal budget process

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., is urging Congress to adopt a two-year budget cycle as part of any deal to end the current federal government shutdown, saying it will bring "discipline" and "responsibility" back to Washington.

Taking to the Senate floor, Isakson argued a biennial budgeting process would help prevent need for constant last-minute battles on continuing funding resolutions.

Isakson said the current fight “is no way to run the greatest country on the face of this earth.” He argued that it’s time to try new solutions, such as biennial budgeting, to solve the nation's budget issues.

“We are here today arguing over a continuing resolution that we shouldn’t have to argue over if we would have been budgeting and appropriating over the last four years," Isakson said. "There is bipartisan responsibility for not having adopted budgets or appropriations acts."

Isakson introduced the Bienneial Budgeting and Appropriations Act earlier this year with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., a former governor. Cosponsors include Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

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