Congress needs to be willing to do the hard work. Sequestration or not, Congress can’t adhere to a budget process. Zero-based budgeting is hard work, and would be especially so at the federal level, but is not beyond the realm of possibility. This would enable a line-by-line review and justification of what is basically a statement of values. Congress, are you able to legitimately justify, to the penny, every expenditure from and for your office as reasonable, ethical, honest, needed, and in the best interests of your district, and not yourself?