Congress’s failure to pass budgets — and its reliance on continuing resolutions — is inefficient, expensive, and irresponsible. The current process wastes time and money and risks government shutdowns when impasses aren’t resolved. Requiring Congress to pass a budget before it can break for its August recess would incentivize members to strike the necessary compromises to pass budgets on a reasonable timeline.
When Congress fails to pass a budget by its April 15 deadline, it’s often due to substantive — and understandable — disagreements between members as to the government’s funding priorities. Forcing Congress to race toward a budget in order to break for its August recess puts undue pressure on members to gloss over their policy disagreements in favor of passing a budget which is bad for long-term good governance.