Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate Majority Leader from Kentucky, said on Tuesday that he is now open to legislation that would keep the government from shutting down in the future.
“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 partial shutdown ended.
McConnell also said that federal funding shortages were an example of “government dysfunction” and they should be “embarrassing.”
McConnell is not alone, an increasing number of senators now say they would support legislation that would prevent future government shutdowns by automatically creating a continuing resolution (CR).
There are also some competing proposals being worked on. Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) both 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.
The next deadline for Congress in preventing a partial shutdown in the government is Feb. 15. The 35-day funding lapse ended on Friday, it was the longest in the history of America.
The idea of automatically creating a CR faced some push back from prominent House Democrats on Tuesday.
House Majority Leader (D-Md.) told reporters that he was “reticent” about legislation that would take Congress out of the decision-making process.
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Credit: The Hill