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senate Bill S. 198

Should Funding for the Federal Gov’t Automatically Renew at Current Levels to Avoid Shutdowns?

Argument in favor

Government shutdowns hurt federal employees and make the government dysfunctional. Ending these events would help the government run better and ensure that government negotiations don’t hurt the economy and the American public.

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03/24/2019
Government shutdowns hurt federal employees and make the government dysfunctional. Ending these events would help the government run better and ensure that government negotiations don’t hurt the economy and the American public. SneakyPete........ 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 3*24*19..........
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Argument opposed

Automatically continuing funding for the entire federal government at previously enacted levels simply to avoid a partial shutdown encourages waste and lets lawmakers off the hook for of their constitutional responsibility to enact funding through appropriations.

Jean munday's Opinion
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04/14/2019
This only allows one party refuse to deal with issues like immigration
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What is Senate Bill S. 198?

This bill, the Stop STUPIDITY Act, would automatically renew funding for all aspects of the government, minus the legislative branch and president’s office, at the previous year’s levels, with adjustments for inflation, in the event of a shutdown. Congress and the office of the president wouldn’t receive funding until they reached an agreement.

This bill’s full title is the Shutdowns Transferring Unnecessary Pain and Inflicting Damage In The Coming Years Act.

Impact

Congress; shutdowns; and the president’s office.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 198

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSen. Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced this bill to put an end to future shutdowns by keeping the government running during lapses in funding by automatically renewing government funding at the previous fiscal year’s levels:

“The Stop STUPIDITY Act takes the aggressive but necessary step of forcing the President and Congress to do the jobs they were elected to do. It is disturbing that the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of workers are at the mercy of dysfunction in Washington. Workers, business owners and tax payers are currently paying the price of D.C. gridlock and my legislation will put an end to that.”

Sen. Warner adds that this bill would force Congress and the White House to “come to the negotiating table without putting at risk the economy or hurting the American public."

Republican National Committee Spokesman Garren Shipley criticized this bill, saying:

"If Senator Warner had put half as much time into actually negotiating as he did coming up with that acronym, federal workers would have never missed a paycheck."

Senate Republicans, led by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), have introduced similar legislation to this bill in the form of the End Government Shutdowns Act, which has the support of 10 Republican cosponsors.

This bill has no cosponsors.


Of NoteIn 2011, House Democrats introduced a bill saying that if a shutdown went on for more than a day, the president and Congress wouldn’t receive their paychecks. However, the bill didn’t pass due to Republicans’ arguments that such a move would be unconstitutional.

During the recent government shutdown, around 800,000 federal workers were either furloughed or working without pay.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / mj0007)

AKA

Stop the Shutdowns Transferring Unnecessary Pain and Inflicting Damage In The coming Years Act

Official Title

A bill to provide for continuing appropriations in the event of a lapse in appropriations under the normal appropriations process, other than for the legislative branch and the Executive Office of the President.

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      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedJanuary 22nd, 2019
    Government shutdowns hurt federal employees and make the government dysfunctional. Ending these events would help the government run better and ensure that government negotiations don’t hurt the economy and the American public. SneakyPete........ 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 3*24*19..........
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    If this bill comes to fruition it should absolutely be passed and put into action. There is NO NEED for any President, regardless of political party to hold US cities hostage just to get their agenda passed. Government shutdowns completely ignore the fact that we have three separate but co-equal branches of government. There's a reason that our founding fathers designed our government in this manner. Please end this ridiculous and harmful practice of politically motivated shutdowns.
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    This is a very good idea! I suggested something similar to my Representative a few days ago.
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    Stop using federal employees and state parks and other resources as pawns we are losing more money by playing games stop the stupidity! Remember to Vote
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    Hold Trump accountable. Do your Fu**ing jobs.
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    NO GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWNS. Take the option away for shutting down the government.
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    This only allows one party refuse to deal with issues like immigration
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    Yes and this is very important because Trump is a crook with a list of mental problems and he has no morals.
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    This seems to make sense. Protect the workers from stupid political fights they can’t control. Everyone gets paid except the people who’s job it is to figure it out but refuse to do so..
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    Another stupid demoncrat bill.
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    We have now seen that government shutdowns can be used to leverage person projects of a sitting president (small p intentional). We need a continuing government free from the ridiculous posturing and childish behavior of those in power. Yes, we need this.
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    yes fund GOV. at current levels until an agreement can be reached. NO MORE GOV. SHUT DOWNS. We can't recover from the lost to our economy when a shut down happens.
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