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Sen. David Perdue: Congress Needs 'Consequences' for 'Nonperformance'

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By    |   Thursday, 01 March 2018 09:27 AM

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., said Thursday that members of Congress must be punished for failing to pass budget and spending bills on time.

Perdue and over a dozen other congressional legislators were appointed to the new Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform, which hopes to find a way to prevent more shutdowns and omnibus spending bills.

"The first year of new Congress, we start out three months behind and you never catch up," he told the Washington Examiner. 

"If you don't have consequences that penalize the players, Congress and the administration for nonperformance, then it won't work."

Perdue added that "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."

He pointed to the Budget Control Act of 2011, which created the sequester to punish lawmakers if they didn't reach a spending deal, and noted that in his home state of Georgia, legislators aren't allowed to go home until a spending deal is made.

"I think we need something like that up here," he said.

"My personal intent of this select committee is to create a politically neutral platform to fund the government on time, every year, just like every other entity in the world does," Perdue said, adding that when a budget isn't reached on time, "you get kicked into these continuing resolutions and an omnibus where six or seven people get in a room and decide how to spend $1 trillion."

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Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., said Thursday that members of Congress must be punished for failing to pass budget and spending bills on time.
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