U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) has been leading Senate efforts to stop the partial government shutdown, and today introduced a bill that would prevent future shutdowns and protect federal government workers from being used as pawns in policy negotiations.
The measure would keep the government running in the case of a lapse in funding by automatically renewing government funding at the same levels as the previous fiscal year, with adjustments for inflation.
It’s called the Stop STUPIDITY (Shutdowns Transferring Unnecessary Pain and Inflicting Damage In The Coming Years) Act. It would fund all aspects of the government except for the legislative branch and the Executive Office of the President – effectively forcing Congress and the White House to come to the negotiating table without putting at risk the economy or hurting the American public.
“The Stop STUPIDITY Act takes the aggressive but necessary step of forcing the President and Congress to do the jobs they were elected to do,” said Warner. “It is disturbing that the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of workers are at the mercy of dysfunction in Washington. Workers, business owners and tax payers are currently paying the price of D.C. gridlock and my legislation will put an end to that.”
Warner recently introduced a bill — that was later enacted — to give back pay to the federal and other government workers who have been affected by the shutdown and has also introduced legislation to pay back federal contract workers.