Form letters are both general and impersonal. If my Congressmen think a form letter does the response trick, then that tells me something about their concern. It is accepted “form” (pun intended) but doesn’t make a form letter a proper response. Hence this letter to my Senator Gardner regarding the federal budget.
Thank you for your undated reply to my inquiry regarding the 2020 Budget. The form letter your staff sent to me on May 1st at least let me know that someone actually looked at my earlier letter to you. That in itself is somewhat reassuring.
I completely understand the Congressional Budget process. I also realize that as a Senator you have limited ability to provide direct input into the Budget structure process – that responsibility lies with the House more so than the Senate. But as a member of our Congress you have a responsibility to insure the Budget process is implemented and completed in the manner and timeline directed by The Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974. That is the law!
It is obvious that many of our seemingly annual difficulties within the Federal Government can be prevented by Congress doing their appointed job. Congresses’ job includes passing and implementing a COMPLETE Federal Budget prior to the beginning of the Budgeted fiscal year.
Case in point. It will be difficult for either Congress or the President to shut down the government due to lack of funding if the funding (via the completed Budget) is in place – as the law requires. Yes, I know the law provides for “Continuing Resolutions.” A continuing resolution is not a solution. A continuing resolution is a Congressional admission of incompetence and failure.
My primary concern is that Congress use the Budgeting process to run the nation’s business rather than ignoring the process and then using delayed funding as a political weapon – year after year after year.
Your reply implies that I may be worried about Colorado not getting enough from the federal trough, “…putting Colorado’s interests first.” My concern is that Colorado and all other states are already getting too much from the federal trough – our nation is $22 Trillion in debt. What possible justification is there for that fiscal irresponsibility? Had the Congress followed the law and put a budget in place every year since 2008, my guess is that the national debt would be a fraction of the current level.
But if there is no budget, Colorado’s Senator Bennett, our newest Presidential Candidate, wouldn’t be able to use those resultant government shutdown threats as a campaign plank. Does that mean he wants a realistic budget completed on time like I do? As an elected member of Congress, what else could he possibly want?
Tom Howe – Flying W Ranch – Hotchkiss, Colorado