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Hagan, Burr Want 2 Year Budget Cycle

Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr have joined several lawmakers who want the federal government to adopt a budget process similar to North Carolina's. Hagan and Burr have co-sponsored a bipartisan bill that would require Congress to write budgets every two years rather than annually. Lawmakers face a government shutdown if they don't agree on a spending plan before this weekend.

Senator Hagan was one of the chief budget writers when she served in the North Carolina State Senate. She says a biennial budget process works better:

"One year we develop the budget and the next year we do the oversight. And a biennial budgeting process is part of a long-term solution that I think we need at the federal level to begin to remove the partisanship from the budget."

A total of 22 other Democratic and Republican senators have cosponsored the bill. The measure is awaiting debate in the House and Senate Budget Committees.

Will Michaels is WUNC's Weekend Host and Reporter.
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