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Remember This Next Time: Dems Kill Bill to End Future Shutdowns

After weeks of bemoaning the partial-government shutdown, Democrats killed a bill on Thursday that would have prevented future shutdowns.

By NTK Staff | 01.31.2019 @9:12am
Remember This Next Time: Dems Kill Bill to End Future Shutdowns

“Now that the shutdown is over, we should roll up our sleeves and make sure it never happens again.

That was Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Sunday. By Wednesday, his party worked to kill a bill that would do exactly what Schumer said – make sure a shutdown, like the partial government shutdown that spans parts of December 2018 and January 2019, would never happen again.

Schumer wasn’t the only top Democrat to embrace the idea. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) indicated she would back the bill, too.

And perhaps most amazingly, the bill had the support of top Republicans in Congress as well, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). “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 a bipartisan basis that would make them pretty hard to occur again,” he said on Tuesday.

Despite all of that bipartisanship, House Democrats on Wednesday quietly worked to kill a bill that would ensure a government shutdown like the one federal workers just experienced would never happen again. The Daily Beast explains:

Progressive Democrats on Tuesday outlined some of the “unintended consequences” that they fear could result from approving any of the shutdown-ending bills. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said she worried the bills would compel lawmakers not to compromise during a shutdown, especially one that took place during a transfer of power.

Hill Democrats also expressed fear about the specifics of the legislation under consideration. Members said that any bill that merely kept existing levels of spending intact in light of a failure to reach a larger funding deal would essentially amount to a spending cut if not adjusted for inflation.

Thanks to Democrats’ instinctive need to constantly ramp up spending, they killed a bill that would have guaranteed federal workers continued to get a paycheck in future budget negotiations. Hopefully those federal workers remember this the next time a shutdown looms on the horizon.

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