With America's longest closure ending on Friday, MEPs turn their attention to another dramatic political goal: to make sure that such episodes will never happen again.
In a briefing with reporters and journalists on Friday, House President Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) became the highest official who still had to officially adopt legislation that would effectively prevent the government from closing. And she hinted she could even offer a proposal in the near future.
"[Former Rep. Dale Kildee (D-MI)] there was a bill that I hope we can offer," Pelosi explained. "And what you said that the bill is that, if not, in some budgetary appropriations, I am not talking about an omnibus or minibus" ̵
If Pelosi is a lone figure who adopts such a concept, the chances that it actually materializes in the law will be small. And they may be. But as a result of the just-completed closure of border wall funding, the Republicans joined a choir to adopt legislation to prevent the suspension from happening.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the Senate chairman, issued a statement Friday that included this apparent request for the state funding bill that Congress should achieve within three weeks when the current deal expires: The final package must also put an end to the government's exclusion once and for all. "
And in the halls of Congress, following the resolution of the current opposition, long-time Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) retiring from office said that "stopping the government should be in the budget negotiations what a chemical weapon is for a real war … ".
That so many veteran legislators feel so strong that they ban the closure of governments, they are talking in part about the growing damage that these closures are causing. Since 1976, the government has suffered 22 gaps in funding, ten of which have aggravated federal workers. But the three longest of these leaves have occurred since 1995: including a 16-day stalemate in 2013 and a recently-ended 35th day.
But as with many other federal policies today, while MPs generally object to the idea that government exemptions should never be allowed, they disagree with ways to get there. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), in a statement released Friday, said Congress should pursue a "new bipartisan rule" to ensure that stopping will not happen again. Others, on the contrary, want formal legislation. But there is no consensus about the legislation they want.
Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), along with many Senate Republicans, has introduced the Government Exclusion Act, according to which current spending levels will simply continue unless agreement is reached on new state funding legislation. But under its bill, this level of spending will be reduced by one percent if the disagreement lasts for 120 days and another percentage every 90 days thereafter. Unsatisfied with the speed of the bill's automatic cuts, senator Rand Paul (R-KY) presented his own, making spending cut even faster.
The Pelosi concept, supported on the other hand, will not include these automatic discounts. It will keep the cost levels as they are.
And then we have an act of "Stop the nonsense (stopping the transfer of unnecessary pain and damaging in the coming years). He takes the approach to keep things up and offers a twist. Instead of the fact that the legislators have not reached a spending agreement, the current levels of government funding will continue automatically – with the exception of those funds intended to pay the members of the legislature and the President's office.
"We should never do that again," Warren suggested on Friday. – And if we can not reach an agreement to move forward on a given issue, the people who have to pay the price are not 800,000 federal workers or contractors, but the only subjects to be fully compensated are the congress and the office . the president.