Federal budget process reforms proposed on Nov. 27 by U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and her colleagues would institute real-world consequences on Congress if it failed to meet deadlines to fund the United States government.

“Congress can do better,” Sen. Ernst said. “We owe it to the American people to complete our work on time. If we fail to meet our deadlines, we should stay at work until we get the job done.”

Sen. Ernst was joined by U.S. Sens. David Perdue (R-GA) and James Lankford (R-OK) in proposing to set specific milestones for passing federal budget and appropriations bills that would keep Congress on track to [meet] them, according to a statement released this week by Sen. Ernst’s office.

“The most essential role Congress has is to raise revenue and fund the federal government,” said Sen. Ernst. “Yet, since 1974, Congress has passed all of its appropriations bills just four times. And, in the past 20 years, we have only passed a budget resolution 11 times.”

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