Rep. Loudermilk Submits Rule For Appropriations Bills in U.S. House

Rep. Barry Loudermilk wants the U.S. House to changes its rules to be required to pass all appropriations bills prior to the August recess each year: “All appropriations bills must be passed by the last Friday before the August recess. If the Conference fails to complete this goal, the Speaker of the House is required to rescind August recess and hold Congress in session until all appropriations bills have been passed.”

With House and Presidential elections in November, 2016, something tells me this Rule would be very difficult to pass until 2017, if at all. The reality is that campaigns typically come first, so it is easier to continue the practice of utilizing Continuing Resolutions (CRs) instead of giving up potential campaign time in an election year.

Loudermilk’s full statement:

“One of the primary responsibilities of Congress is to create the budget and manage the appropriations for the federal government. This responsibility is also an authority given to Congress that is used to constrain the other branches of government.

However, over the past several years, Congress has abdicated that authority and, instead of completing the process of budgeting and appropriating, they have just opted to continue operating the government AS-IS through passing a series of Continuing Resolutions (CRs).

Every successful business and family in America has to effectively manage their resources and their budget; and Congress should do no less. The federal government gives April 15 as a deadline to pay our taxes and, if we don’t, there are serious consequences. But there are no consequences or deadlines on Congress to do its job in completing the appropriations process.

My proposed change to the rule states: ‘All appropriations bills must be passed by the last Friday before the August recess. If the Conference fails to complete this goal, the Speaker of the House is required to rescind August recess and hold Congress in session until all appropriations bills have been passed.’

When I ran a business, we kept working on each job until it was completed. The American people expect Congress to stay at work until we complete the task we are primarily sent to do each year. This rule will ensure we put the future of the American people over our own interests.”

One comment

  1. Boredatwork says:

    I would change “pass” to “voted on,” but on its face this sounds like a decent enough idea. I am curious if the rule changes Freedom Caucus members propose would allow the minority party to bring legislation to the floor as well. If so, that could really backfire on them, although it might be good for the functioning of the body. It’s frustrating when bills that have bipartisan support are held up because slightly over 1/4 of the House disapproves.

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