"I believe the budget process is seriously broken in the U.S. Congress," said U.S. Congressman representing Kentucky's 1st District Ed Whitfield.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky (WBKO) --Before becoming the President of the National Association of Broadcasters in 2009, Gordon smith represented Oregon in the U.S. Senate for two terms, and he says he saw the shutdown coming.
"We're at a place where big decisions need to be made and we have a Congress that is both more liberal and more conservative than any Congress and President in my lifetime," said NAB President & Former U.S. Senator from Oregon Gordon Smith.
Smith says the polarized congress is a reflection of the people.
"It's working the way the founders designed our system to work. When the people are divided, so is their government," said Smith.
Current U.S. Congressman from Kentucky Ed Whitfield says that system is now flawed.
"I believe the budget process is seriously broken in the U.S. Congress," said U.S. Congressman representing Kentucky's 1st District, Ed Whitfield.
Whitfield believes the only solution to fix the system is to go back in time.
"We need to go to a two year budget cycle. We need to go back to the mid 70s and work only with the presidents budget. I think if we did that, you'd see a dramatic decrease in the kind of predicament we find ourselves in today," said Whitfield.
Whitfield says next week, the Congressional research service will brief some members on how the budget worked prior to the Budget Reconciliation Act in 1975, which would eliminate the House and Senate budgets that must be agreed upon. Until then, he says Republicans will continue proposing legislation to fund portions of the government individually, as they attempted to do today with several federal programs.
"A bill to provide funding for the WIC program, legislation for the Nuclear Weapons Security Non-proliferation program, Food and Drug Safety Program, Border Safety and Security, FEMA and so forth," said Whitfield.
Whitfield says House Republicans still want the President to meet with both leaders of the Senate and House to negotiate. He says he and fellow House Republicans, will continue their strategy of proposing legislation that will fund portions of the government Saturday. He says they will not meet on Sunday unless an emergency takes place.