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Thumbs Up: To U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Sherwood, for pushing a bill that would require two-year federal budgets. Though it can be argued that, since Congress seems to have so much trouble passing a one-year budget that a two-year budget would make it even worse, a two-year budget makes more sense. Going to a two-year budget theoretically would allow more time to look at each section of spending and determine what’s needed and what’s wasteful. More practically, the current system just isn’t working. So a two-year plan appears to have enough advantages to make it worthwhile.
News alert for Washington’s budget mavens: While the spotlight was riveted on the House action Tuesday to raise the debt ceiling, the House Budget Committee was quietly endorsing a measure that eventually may produce a dramatic overhaul of the byzantine budget process. With a bipartisan vote of 22 to 10, the committee approved a bill drafted by Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) that would shift the budgeting process from an annual to a bi-annual affair.
"While far from perfect, the 2014 farm bill will save taxpayers $23 billion from the previous farm bill," Ribble said. "The bill eliminates direct payments to farmers who were previously paid regardless of market conditions, and this bill repeals or consolidates nearly 100 additional programs.
Congressional farm committee leaders have finally agreed on a multi-year deal. Congress let the current farm bill expire more than a year ago. Lawmakers have been working on it for more than two years.
Wisconsin farmers say they're hopeful that a long fight over federal dairy subsidies has ended with the biggest overhaul of the milk pricing system in a generation.
The Biennial Budgeting and Enhanced Oversight Act. So far, that bill has attracted 136 Republican and Democratic co-sponsors, including Ryan and a small handful of other committee chairmen and leadership members.
The funny thing is — this idea has been around for decades with broad bipartisan support in part because just about everybody who does budget policy agrees it would be a better system. Which is probably the best reason to assume Congress won’t pass Ribble’s bill. However, it is worth noting that the budget deal hammered out at the end of last year by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., was a two-year budget plan. So, Ribble & Co. have a head start.
Congressman Ribble led a Special Order on the House floor. One by one, 19 members of the No Labels Problem Solvers stood up to tell their colleagues, constituents and all of America that they are committed to working across the aisle.
U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble (R-8th District) hosted his third annual job fair at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College on Monday morning. Ribble says a record 97 employers participated in the event, up from 70 a year ago.