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Senate Republicans Hatch Plan to Prevent Future Shutdowns

January 14, 2019 / Erich Wagner

A group of nine Republican senators has an idea to avoid government shutdowns in the future: remove the concept of shutdown from the appropriations process. The End Government Shutdowns Act (S. 104), introduced by Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and eight of his Republican colleagues last week, would stipulate that in the event that Congress fails to approve a spending package before a funding deadline, an automatic continuing resolution at current spending levels would take effect.