Sending Office: Honorable Troy Balderson
Cosponsor to support reopening the government and preventing future shutdowns.
House Cosponsors: Van Drew, Waltz, Stivers,
Gonzalez, DeSaulnier, Chabot, Steil, Curtis, Gibbs,
Senate Cosponsors: Portman, Alexander, Barrasso, Blunt, Boozman, Braun, Burr, Capito, Cornyn, Cotton, Cramer, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Ernst, Fischer, Gardner, Grassley, Hoeven, Isakson, Johnson, Kennedy, Lee, Murkowski, Risch,
Romney, Rubio, Sasse, Thune, Toomey, Wicker, Young
I invite you to become a cosponsor of the End Government Shutdowns Act (H.R. 791). This companion legislation to Senator Rob Portman’s effort in the Senate (S.104) would immediately end the current shutdown and help prevent future government shutdowns.
Congress has failed to complete consideration of all twelve appropriations bills under regular order since 1997. This habitually puts the federal government – and everyday Americans – in peril of not receiving their due paychecks or accessing critical resources.
The American public deserves better from Congress.
The End Government Shutdowns Act would prevent a lapse in funding for the federal government by automatically continuing discretionary funding at continuing resolution (CR) levels. This would only happen if appropriations were not enacted by the end of the
fiscal year. The CR would last 120 days at the last-enacted levels of discretionary funding for all federal programs, giving Congress and the President time to reach an agreement and complete its appropriations work. If the work is still not completed at the
end of the 120-day period, the CR funding levels would automatically be reduced by one percentage point across-the-board through sequestration. Every subsequent 90 days of inaction would result in an additional one-percentage point reduction.
H.R. 791 recently received
support from CRFB: “We have to put an end to budgeting by crisis, and auto-CRs are a very reasonable approach,” said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. “Of course, our political leaders should actually do their
jobs and pass thoughtful budgets, but given how often they routinely demonstrate that cannot be counted on, this would take the damaging shutdown threat out of the equation.”
The goal of this legislation is to encourage Congress to find a bipartisan solution to federal spending challenges without hurting Americans who need their paychecks and access to federal services. The automatic reduction in discretionary spending levels
serves as an incentive to Members and the President to come together to find a solution that honors Americans, funds federal programs, and supports priorities that should not be cut.
I invite you to join me, along with colleagues from both sides of the aisle, in helping the American people and supporting fiscally responsible federal government. If you would like to cosponsor this legislation, please reach out to Brittany Madni on my
staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 225-5355.
Member of Congress
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