Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Congress should consider passing a budget once every two years instead of once a year, as the law now requires.
The Nevada Democrat suggested Thursday the time has come to consider passing budgets with less frequency, which advocates say would improve the chances of debating appropriations bills on the Senate floor and give lawmakers more time to oversee government programs.
“This is something that’s been looked at by a lot of people. We’ve had over the years many people who said this is probably a good idea,” said Reid. “If we’re ever going to do that, we should take a look at [it] now because we are getting back into the appropriations process.
“It’s something we should look at,” Reid said.
Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) earlier in the day introduced legislation to convert the annual spending process to a biennial budgeting program.