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REPORT: McConnell open to bill that would prevent future government shutdowns

WASHINGTON (The Hill) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that he is open to legislation that would prevent future government shutdowns.

“I don’t like shutdowns. I don’t think they work for anybody and I hope they will be avoided. I’d be open to anything that we could agree on on a bipartisan basis that would make them pretty hard to occur again,” McConnell told reporters less than a week after the last partial shutdown ended.

The Senate GOP leader added that federal funding lapses were an example of “government dysfunction” and they should be “embarrassing.”

A growing number of senators say they would support legislation that would prevent future government shutdowns by automatically creating a continuing resolution (CR). But there are competing proposals in the Senate, with both Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) introducing legislation.

Portman’s proposal would reduce funding by 1 percent after 120 days and again every subsequent 90 days if lawmakers haven’t reached a deal. Warner’s would withhold funding for the legislative branch and the Executive Office of the President in an attempt to motivate lawmakers to negotiate.

Congress faces another deadline to prevent a partial shutdown on Feb. 15. The 35-day funding lapse, which ended on Friday, was the longest in U.S. history and sparked considerable frustration on Capitol Hill.

But the idea of automatically creating a CR ran into backlash from prominent House Democrats on Tuesday.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters that he was “reticent” about legislation that would take Congress out of the decision-making process.

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The Hill’s Jordain Carney contributed to the contents of this report.

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One comment

  1. Then Rebecca, please do something to try to get the power of our legislature back into the power of the people. Corporate money’s and political candidates should never meet.

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