U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, (R-WY) drafted a letter seeking the support of every U.S. Senator for S. 625, the Biennial Appropriations Act. The bill would allow for each of the 12 appropriation bills to be taken up over a two-year period, with the more controversial bills taken up in a non-election year and the less controversial bills taken up in an election year. The defense appropriations bill would be taken up each year. This would allow Congress to scrutinize spending details and eliminate duplication and waste, according to Enzi.

Enzi wrote “In less than a month, the new federal fiscal year begins, yet we have not passed a single appropriation bill for the 2015 fiscal year. Our answer: another short-term continuing resolution. This is not the way the government should operate, nor does it meet the expectations of those who sent us to Washington to represent them.”

Both parties have recognized the value of biennial budgeting, including Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush who endorsed the idea.