Like Causes?

Install the App
TRY NOW

senate Bill S. 918

Should Funding be Renewed Automatically to Prevent Gov’t Shutdowns and Slightly Reduced if Congress Doesn’t Act?

Argument in favor

This would prevent government shutdowns from threatening the American economy and give Congress three months after their normal deadline to enact a spending package before gradually reducing funding until Congress acts.

Amadeus's Opinion
···
04/27/2017
Yes, but with 1 provision, ALL congressional elected officials AND the president go unpaid with no back pay provision until a budget is passed
Like (95)
Follow
Share
jayar's Opinion
···
04/27/2017
If the budget is not passed in a timely fashion then it should be automatically funded MINUS 10% AND Congressional wages should be adjusted to zero for the remainder of the year.
Like (57)
Follow
Share
Christopher 's Opinion
···
04/28/2017
Congress should have their pay suspended in the event of a shutdown (mainly for not doing their jobs) but their pay is tied to the military so it is not suspended in the event of a shutdown. Sll a shutdown threat is for them is a negotiating tactic. The US is ran by idiots!
Like (15)
Follow
Share

Argument opposed

Preventing government shutdowns automatically is great, but automatic spending reductions that kick in after three months of inaction by Congress would hurt the operations of the agencies that lose funding because of lawmakers’ inaction.

Amanda's Opinion
···
04/27/2017
Congress should be the first to have its pay suspended if the government shuts down.
Like (121)
Follow
Share
B.R.'s Opinion
···
04/27/2017
I believe that Government shutdowns should not be permitted, but as a consequence, it would be far more effective if Congress member's salary would be reduced. Why should the tax payers pay for incompetency.
Like (96)
Follow
Share
DenisePfeifer's Opinion
···
04/27/2017
Congress should be the first to have its pay suspended if the government shuts down. Those of us in the private sector typically get fired and don't get paid when we don't do our jobs and can't effectively collaborate and compromise with our colleagues.
Like (54)
Follow
Share

What is Senate Bill S. 918?

This bill — known as the End Government Shutdowns Act — would create an automatic continuing resolution (CR) for any of the twelve regular appropriations bills before October 1 that keeps funding at its current levels temporarily. After 120 days (January 29), funding would be reduced by one percent, and every 90 days thereafter another one percent reduction would occur until Congress completes the annual appropriations process.

Impact

Federal agencies; and Congress.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 918

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) — a former Director of the Office of Management and Budget — introduced this bill to permanently prevent the federal government from shutting down to keep essential services operational and protect taxpayers:

“Almost everybody hates government shutdowns. They don’t accomplish anything. They don’t get our fiscal house in order and they disrupt critical government programs that have a big impact on people’s lives. As leverage in a political negotiation, they’re fool’s gold. We should end government shutdowns for good. My legislation would do that, giving federal workers and their families more stability, providing lawmakers with more time to make smarter decisions for taxpayers and ensuring we avoid disruptions that ultimately hurt our economy and working families.”

This legislation has the support of five cosponsors — Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY), Steve Daines (R-MT), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: NCPA via Flickr / Creative Commons)

AKA

End Government Shutdowns Act

Official Title

A bill to amend title 31, United States Code, to provide for automatic continuing resolutions.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedApril 24th, 2017
    Yes, but with 1 provision, ALL congressional elected officials AND the president go unpaid with no back pay provision until a budget is passed
    Like (95)
    Follow
    Share
    Congress should be the first to have its pay suspended if the government shuts down.
    Like (121)
    Follow
    Share
    I believe that Government shutdowns should not be permitted, but as a consequence, it would be far more effective if Congress member's salary would be reduced. Why should the tax payers pay for incompetency.
    Like (96)
    Follow
    Share
    If the budget is not passed in a timely fashion then it should be automatically funded MINUS 10% AND Congressional wages should be adjusted to zero for the remainder of the year.
    Like (57)
    Follow
    Share
    Congress should be the first to have its pay suspended if the government shuts down. Those of us in the private sector typically get fired and don't get paid when we don't do our jobs and can't effectively collaborate and compromise with our colleagues.
    Like (54)
    Follow
    Share
    I agree with the majority here, no kicking the can down the road. If you can't do your job, then the government gets shut down. If that happens, Congressional pay and benefits should be suspended till such time as a budget is passed to the satisfaction of The People. Quit putting your feet up on the desk to take a snooze or taking the 3 martini lunches, stop listening to wealthy special interests and do the will of the people as you were hired to. Do Your Jobs.
    Like (28)
    Follow
    Share
    Automatic funding of government?? Are you kidding me?? There should be nothing automatic about a system that operates off of extorted revenues.
    Like (16)
    Follow
    Share
    Congress should have their pay suspended in the event of a shutdown (mainly for not doing their jobs) but their pay is tied to the military so it is not suspended in the event of a shutdown. Sll a shutdown threat is for them is a negotiating tactic. The US is ran by idiots!
    Like (15)
    Follow
    Share
    Quit squabbling over the budget and quit kicking the can down the road! Make the following spending cuts: • Shut down the unconstitutional federal agencies. • Quit sending federal aid to countries that hate us and don't share our values. • Quit paying more than our FAIR SHARE to the U.N. and NATO. • DEFUND SANCTUARY CITIES, STATES, COLLEGES, AND UNIVERSITIES! • Defund Planned Parenthood and STOP THE GENOCIDE of unborn Americans! AND PASS THIS BILL: S.J.Res.24 - A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to balancing the budget. Constitutional Amendment This joint resolution proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting total outlays for a fiscal year from exceeding total receipts for that fiscal year unless Congress authorizes the excess by a two-thirds vote of each chamber. The prohibition excludes outlays for repayment of debt principal and receipts derived from borrowing. The amendment prohibits total outlays for any fiscal year from exceeding 18% of the U.S. gross domestic product, unless two-thirds of each chamber of Congress provides for a specific increase above this amount. The amendment requires a two-thirds vote of each chamber of Congress to impose a new tax, increase the statutory rate of any tax, or increase the aggregate amount of revenue. It requires a three-fifths vote of each chamber to increase the limit on the debt of the United States. The President must submit an annual budget in which total outlays do not exceed total receipts and 18% of the U.S. gross domestic product. The amendment prohibits a court from ordering a revenue increase to enforce the requirements. Congress may waive specified requirements when a declaration of war against a nation-state is in effect or the United States is engaged in a military conflict which causes an imminent and serious military threat to national security. Sponsor: Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT) https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-joint-resolution/24
    Like (15)
    Follow
    Share
    This bill will allow legislators to "kick the can down the road." Responsible legislation will come from reasonable negotiations, not a bill like this. I expect my legislators to be smart and work hard to make this country run effectively, not to hold fast to positions that "the other side" doesn't agree with. Please do not support this bill.
    Like (10)
    Follow
    Share
    A government that cannot remain funded due to its own political infighting should suffer the consequences.
    Like (9)
    Follow
    Share
    Too damn arbitrary and way too restrictive - WE NEED A REAL BUDGET WITH REAL SOURCES AND USES OF FUNDS. The problem is we don't have the sources to match the uses and we borrow to pay for what we need...If the average American does this they go bankrupt in just a matter of time - is this what we REALLY want???
    Like (7)
    Follow
    Share
    We should not enable Congress to avoid doing their job. Instead of bills like this, they should try working together and compromising!
    Like (5)
    Follow
    Share
    I think it's counterproductive to say "oh congress members should have their pay suspended if the government shuts down" (which I agree with,) yet not support the bill. The bill can be amended to suspend congress' pay (as it should), however if reps see that most people DON'T support the bill, they simply won't bother amending/voting for it, giving it no chance to be changed how we want it to be.
    Like (5)
    Follow
    Share
    While you're at it, let's tie the salaries of Congress to any shut down. When people don't do their jobs, they don't get paid.
    Like (4)
    Follow
    Share
    If we allow automatic funding to ensue, Congress will have no incentive to accomplish a vote, therefore kicking the can down the road.
    Like (4)
    Follow
    Share
    Take away legislators salaries instead of shutting down the government.
    Like (4)
    Follow
    Share
    I suggest suspending Congress and Senate pay until the budget is passed. This may provide the incentive needed to cross the aisle and make some real forward progress on compromise.
    Like (4)
    Follow
    Share
    A shutdown is a powerful tool that can force the kind of compromise that is for a two party system to work.
    Like (4)
    Follow
    Share
    Automatic CR minus pay for congress members and the President, penalizing those that are not working together to get a budget passed.
    Like (4)
    Follow
    Share
    MORE