2013-10-18 / Letters

Stop Shutdown Before

Dear Editor:

Here's how to avoid future "Shutdown The Shutdown" (Editorial -- October 11th) episodes. Both the President and Congress need to work together all year. They need to put our fiscal house in order to end future threats of both sequestering and furloughs. They should return to the time when Congress held budget hearings for each department during the summer instead of taking a five week vacation. They should develop a budget agency by agency to be adopted during an open process. Members of Congress, federal employees, the public, watchdog groups and media should be afforded sufficient time to understand the full contents prior to adoption. Our future federal budgets should be adopted on time prior to the start of any new Federal Fiscal year on October 1.

LARRY PENNER

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