Erich Wagner | January 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Various Plans to Avert Future Government Shutdowns

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In recent weeks, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been brainstorming ways to end the practice of shutting down federal agencies if Congress cannot reach an agreement on how to fund them before a spending deadline hits.

Following the end of the 35-day partial government shutdown, which the Congressional Budget Office estimated cost $11 billion in economic activity and more than $3 billion in wages paid to furloughed employees to not work, members of Congress said they have had their fill of shutdown politics.

On the Senate side, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested he would be open to approving legislation to prevent future government shutdowns, provided the measure has bipartisan support. But in the House, Democratic leaders have been leery of the idea, fearful that it could serve as a backdoor way for Republicans to cut spending, the Daily Beast reported.

Still, bills from lawmakers in both parties attempting in different ways to keep agencies open if Congress misses a deadline to fund the government have piled up in recent days. They range from setting up potentially indefinite continuing resolutions to simply threatening to withhold congressional and White House salaries until negotiators reach a deal.

Here’s a guide to the various proposals, and how they seek to end the modern phenomenon of lapses in appropriations.