The good news is it appears another government shutdown will be avoided now that the House of Representatives has agreed to a continuing resolution to keep the federal government funded. The bad news is they just keep kicking the can down the road. Congress last avoided a government shutdown just 45 days ago to give themselves time to agree how to best fund the government. But they wasted that time, and again found themselves, at the last minute, just approving continuing resolutions, basically funding government programs at the same level as before. It has become a recurring and familiar crisis. It has been years since Congress actually looked at where all the money goes, and whether it is being spent wisely. They just keep pouring more money at it. Congress needs to take a look at the bigger picture, and implement biennial budgeting so we know our tax dollars are being well spent. And it should pass the bipartisan Preventing Government Shutdowns Act to avoid repeating this broken system of funding government. Appropriately, the latest reprieve from a shutdown only gives Congress until February 2, which just happens to be Groundhog Day. It does seem, like in the movie, Congress is reliving the same thing over and over again.