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Biennial Budgeting: An Important Step Toward Fixing a Broken System

Recorded on February 14, 2008

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Despite a rash of recent high-profile hearings, Washington largely ignores the day-to-day performance of the massive federal bureaucracy.  This lack of oversight, however, enables poor performance to continue and increases the public's distrust in government.  One fundamental way to change the way Washington does business is to implement biennial budgeting.  A 2-year budget would force Congress to spend every other year fixing or repealing broken programs - not spending the taxpayers' money.  While it is not the only solution, biennial budgeting is an important first step toward controlling wasteful spending.