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Letter: Hold Congress accountable

By Norman Banks, Vancouver
Published: February 21, 2024, 6:00am

The Constitution, which all in Congress swear to uphold, requires that Congress must pass a budget to serve the nation for the next fiscal year. However, those we elected to Congress over the past 40 years have failed to do so 36 times, according to the Pew Research Center and presidential hopeful Nikki Haley.

Obviously, members of Congress cannot fulfill their prime constitutional role without assistance, nor fulfill their even equally critical constitutional role of keeping our country safe from current and future danger — for example, helping Ukraine resist Putin’s invasion.

So, taking the often-stated belief of many in Congress that the government should be run like a business, here is the solution most employers (we the people) would apply to such underperformance. Don’t pay them. By this I mean, cease all salary and all benefits including travel back home, medical, junkets, etc., of all members that fail to vote on passage of the complete budget by Sept. 30 of every year, until they actually pass it.

That should do the trick, where pledges to the Constitution and we constituents have not.

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