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house Bill H.R. 2162

Should Funding be Automatically Extended to Prevent Gov't Shutdowns & Cut if Congress Doesn't Act?

Argument in favor

This would prevent government shutdowns from threatening the American economy by giving Congress three months after its normal deadline to enact appropriations bills before funding starts getting reduced by 1% periodically until lawmakers act.

Sheryl's Opinion
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01/23/2018
The only government functions or pay that should be suspended during a government shut-down is congresses pay. They are solely responsible and should have consequences.
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Christie's Opinion
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01/23/2018
While this fundamentally changes how our govt was set up Congress can’t seem to work together in a bipartisan way. Therefore, let’s make sure our bills are paid. If Congress can’t work out the budget in a bipartisan way their pay should be ended until they figure it out.
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Tameka's Opinion
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01/23/2018
Since Congress refuses to do their job, this protection will prevent the government employees and contractors from being paid for their hard work. They should not be held accountable for Congress’ lack of inaction to do their jobs.
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Argument opposed

Preventing government shutdowns automatically is great, but automatic spending reductions that kick in if Congress doesn’t act within three months would hurt the operations of the agencies that lose funding because of lawmakers’ inaction.

Bill's Opinion
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01/23/2018
This should only be passed if there is a resolution to DIRECTLY pull the funds from the payroll of ALL Congress members. Do that, and you'll see them straighten up fast.
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BeStrong's Opinion
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01/23/2018
No...we may not want this, we may just hate it, but it is the final arrow in the negotiation quiver. A gov shut down has occurred 18 times since 1976 and we are still here. What should be protected are veterans pay and acting military pay. For those who gave, we must honor our promise.
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Jazmin's Opinion
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01/23/2018
Why pay them if they can’t do their jobs right
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      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedApril 26th, 2017
    The only government functions or pay that should be suspended during a government shut-down is congresses pay. They are solely responsible and should have consequences.
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    This should only be passed if there is a resolution to DIRECTLY pull the funds from the payroll of ALL Congress members. Do that, and you'll see them straighten up fast.
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    No...we may not want this, we may just hate it, but it is the final arrow in the negotiation quiver. A gov shut down has occurred 18 times since 1976 and we are still here. What should be protected are veterans pay and acting military pay. For those who gave, we must honor our promise.
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    While this fundamentally changes how our govt was set up Congress can’t seem to work together in a bipartisan way. Therefore, let’s make sure our bills are paid. If Congress can’t work out the budget in a bipartisan way their pay should be ended until they figure it out.
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    Why pay them if they can’t do their jobs right
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    No. How much debt would be blindly incurred? Sometimes there are issues that need to be addressed as priorities, yet the explanation of this proposed legislation does not describe exactly WHAT would be funded, for WHAT length of time, and how many taxpayer dollars would be spent absent what little control we manage to retain! Absolutely NOT!
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    I believe I see the tilt of this question. Congress must do their job, but 1% seems like a hangnail solution. Therefore, I could support this idea of a default CR occurring monthly for three months with a 1% reduction/month. At the conclusion of 3 default months, all Government Departments will take a 5% decrease in their budgets, the National Debt shall be frozen, all unused properties will be put up for sale, government credit cards will be frozen, including Congressional paychecks. All Congressional staff will be furloughed as well as the use of any type of car/air service. Our National Budget falls on the shoulders of elected officials. If no budget has been negotiated within 6 months, it's time to call for a new National Congressional Elections for all members of Congress.
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    No! This would just be excuses upon excuses to “kick cans down the road” and in a way, just cost taxpayers more money. No! If shutdowns occur, the majority parties should have to pick new leaders. That would ensure that leaders that want to lead actually have to do their job.
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    Add something to where Congressmen and women’s pay will be directly affected.
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    Since Congress refuses to do their job, this protection will prevent the government employees and contractors from being paid for their hard work. They should not be held accountable for Congress’ lack of inaction to do their jobs.
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    H.R. 5313: End Federal Shutdowns Act of 2018 I’d strongly recommend and support the “H.R. 5313: End Federal Shutdowns Act of 2018 Introduced by Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), this bill would automatically extend funding at the previously enacted level if Congress fails to pass appropriations bills and there’s a lapse in government funding..2162 - End Government Shutdowns Act“ Which would prevent government shutdowns by creating an automatic continuing resolution (CR) for any of the twelve regular appropriations bills before a new fiscal year starts on October 1 to maintain current funding levels when funding would otherwise lapse. If Congress hasn’t completed the annual appropriations process after 120 days (January 29), funding would be reduced by one percent, and every 90 days thereafter another one percent reduction would occur until the appropriations process is done. By all means YES on both counts: 1). Funds to insure that the Government is functionally operational at all levels 2). Congressional Salaries (Senators & House Representatives) shall not be paid, for the duration of the Government shutdown, which was caused by them. There should never be an attempt, for political agendas, by either political party to shut the Government down, and said party must and should suffer the consequences for doing so. SneakyPete..... 🇺🇸🛑🇺🇸🛑🇺🇸. 12*23*18..
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    Nay... Passing this bill will only cause the can to be kicked further down the road with minimal effort!
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    No autopay. Do your jobs and pass a balanced budget.
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    No I don't believe the should be automatically extended. I do believe that the people who don't get paid during the government shutdown should be the ones who caused the shutdown. The Senate and the House of Representatives the president and his cabinet, all of the people who actually control our country are the ones who should go without pay. Not the ones who defend our country. Not welfare not Social Security not Healthcare not education all of those things should be fully funded. We should penalize are ruling bodies for not paying down the debt and getting us back to a place we were after the Depression where the country had no debt.. families and individuals have to live within their means. It's time this country did too. It's time that we got our priorities straight. I do not believe that we need to be the world's police force. we often create more problems than we solve doing that. So I believe we spend way too much on Military we. We definitely spend too much on Congressional and Senate payrolls and benefits ditto for the president and his cabinet. Americans need to start seeing a return on the money that we are putting into our government. We need to eliminate the debt so that we can see a return on the money. If It Means A government shutdown then by all means shut down the government, just make sure that the people who do not get paid or the people who are actually governing. I think that would be an excellent incentive 4 Congress and the Senate and the executive branch too quickly reach agreements on budgets. And perhaps those bodies ought to be working on the budget earlier so that it can be finalized before we have to go through a shutdown. In fact I think we ought to penalize
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    And, Congress shouldn't receive pay until they've done their job and reached a deal
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    This is Congress abdicating its responsibility.
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    If congress can't do their job in a bipartisan fashion then their pay should be cut.
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    Representatives beholden to their constituents wouldn’t let a shut down occur.
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    Congress needs to pass a bill that says if they cannot pass a budget in a timely manner they and their staff will no be paid.
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    ‘Power of the purse’ one of very few jobs Congress actually has that is enumerated in the Constitution. They’ve already relinquished the authority to declare War. Turns out they don’t like to be held accountable. Makes re-election harder when you make that mistake. Now they want to be less accountable for government shutdowns? No thanks. Here’s a free course on the constitution. Please take it. http://constitutionday.cpms.osd.mil/
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