Lock them in
With the new Pope having been chosen in less than a day and a half, why can’t the United States Congress agree on a budget in the past several years? A simple way to get Congress to work together would be to lock them all in a large room until they pass something. No TVs, phones, computers, and no outside communication until the budget is passed. Food would be adequate to maintain health but with no frills. Baloney sandwiches and water comes to mind. No booze or cigarettes or other vices permitted.
The Cardinals of the Catholic Church had the misfortune of choosing a new Pope during Lent, which kept their food simpler than at other times of the year. If it was good enough for them, our Congress people can do the same.
There would be only two bathrooms, one for the men and one for the women. The cots could have decent pads on them.
They stay in that room until they agree and pass something that is in the best interests of the American people. They will compromise if the lobbyists can’t get to them and they are hungry.