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house Bill H. Res. 79

Should the House Express That Government Shutdowns Are Bad & Shouldn’t Happen?

Argument in favor

Government shutdowns hurt federal workers and the American people, who experience disruptions in the services they’ve come to expect. Congress shouldn’t allow the government to shut down over policy differences in the future.

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01/30/2019
The only employees during a shutdown that should not be paid are the ones negotiating.
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Jonathan's Opinion
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01/30/2019
Shutdowns should be completely unnecessary for the functioning of government. No matter what one thinks about the size and scope of government itself, our federal employees and their families should never be bargaining chips and collateral damage in the playground fights between individual personalities - and even entire co-equal branches - within the government.
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RjGoodman's Opinion
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01/30/2019
SHUTDOWN 2.0 Having a Governmental shutdown represents the ultimate failure. It is supposed to be so bad that legislators should fear for their jobs if they have one. The current Partial Government t Shutdown is no longer that deterrent. I propose SHUTDOWN 2.0. In this shutdown all agencies of government except the ones supporting the negotiation of the issue to shut down. Even the agencies that are funded will be closed. The exceptions would be the Department of State and the partial DOD. The FBI, the Secret Service, everything. Let’s have a shutdown with TEETH. (Well, a guy can dream, can’t he?
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Argument opposed

Government shutdowns may be bad, but this non-binding bill does absolutely nothing to prevent them from happening in the future and is a waste of time when lawmakers ought to be focused on negotiating to avoid a shutdown on February 15th.

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01/30/2019
Nay! This isn’t a bill & won’t stop shutdowns. “Government shutdowns may be bad, but this non-binding bill does absolutely nothing to prevent them from happening in the future and is a waste of time when lawmakers ought to be focused on negotiating to avoid a shutdown on February 15th.” -Countable
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ManfromNebraska's Opinion
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01/30/2019
Just do your job and stop wasting time, money and playing partisan politics.
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JTJ's Opinion
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01/30/2019
Trump continues to show his willingness to negotiate in attempts to accomplish the will of the American people. The democrats continue to obstruct and play politics.
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simple resolution Progress


  • The house Rejected January 30th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 249 Yea / 163 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedJanuary 28th, 2019

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What is House Bill H. Res. 79?

This resolution would express the sense of the House of Representatives that government shutdowns are detrimental to the nation and shouldn’t occur. It would add that shutdowns aren’t an acceptable tactic or strategy for resolving differences regarding policy, funding levels, or governing philosophy and that Congress must ensure the continued, uninterrupted operations of the federal government.

As a simple resolution, this legislation is non-binding and wouldn’t advance beyond the House if passed.

Impact

Congress and the federal government.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 79

As a simple resolution, this bill would have no cost to enact.

More Information

In-Depth: This legislation was introduced by freshman Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) to express the sense of the House that government shutdowns are bad and should be avoided.

It was amended from its original form after Republicans objected to its partisan tone: it blamed President Donald Trump for the 35-day shutdown on three occasions and included quotes from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID).

A Democratic aide told Politico that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) agreed to remove the language referencing Trump and House Republicans to eliminate possible reasons for GOP members to oppose the bill.


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Summary by Eric Revell

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Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Government shutdowns are detrimental to the Nation and should not occur.

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Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Government shutdowns are detrimental to the Nation and should not occur.

    The only employees during a shutdown that should not be paid are the ones negotiating.
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    Nay! This isn’t a bill & won’t stop shutdowns. “Government shutdowns may be bad, but this non-binding bill does absolutely nothing to prevent them from happening in the future and is a waste of time when lawmakers ought to be focused on negotiating to avoid a shutdown on February 15th.” -Countable
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    Shutdowns should be completely unnecessary for the functioning of government. No matter what one thinks about the size and scope of government itself, our federal employees and their families should never be bargaining chips and collateral damage in the playground fights between individual personalities - and even entire co-equal branches - within the government.
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    SHUTDOWN 2.0 Having a Governmental shutdown represents the ultimate failure. It is supposed to be so bad that legislators should fear for their jobs if they have one. The current Partial Government t Shutdown is no longer that deterrent. I propose SHUTDOWN 2.0. In this shutdown all agencies of government except the ones supporting the negotiation of the issue to shut down. Even the agencies that are funded will be closed. The exceptions would be the Department of State and the partial DOD. The FBI, the Secret Service, everything. Let’s have a shutdown with TEETH. (Well, a guy can dream, can’t he?
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    Government shutdowns are a brazen, uncaring act of blackmail. Responsible politicians should never use mafia tactics as a substitute for debate & compromise. These shutdowns are destructive to the health & efficiency of the US. The negative effects trickle down, impacting everyone.
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    Just do your job and stop wasting time, money and playing partisan politics.
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    No more American hostages need to be taken for a border wall. Let Congress do its thing without interference from the President.
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    There should be a law against government shutdowns. Over 800,000 workers were affected plus numerous farmers and businesses. The cost of this last episode is estimated to be 11 billion dollars. So much for fiscal responsibility.
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    Trump continues to show his willingness to negotiate in attempts to accomplish the will of the American people. The democrats continue to obstruct and play politics.
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    Absolutely shutdowns should be completely avoided.
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    If shut downs are bad, then it’s time you Dems go along with what the Republicans want since they control the Senate and President. Otherwise, YOU’RE the OBSTRUCTIONIST !! You’re causing the Fed Gov’t to shut down!
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    Or you could pass the STUPID bill so they don’t happen anymore. That is a hell of a lot better than “expressing the sense”. Take action. I know it’s hard, but DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. This bill dose nothing but waste time and money
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    What needs to be done is shut down some government permanently, the waste is astronomical. Once again a democrat proposal so you know it’s evil. Government is far too large it needs to start being dismantled,
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    ean Hannity: Trump is fighting a battle of life and death for the nation. What's Nancy Pelosi fighting for? | Fox News House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has now, for weeks, been trying to play petty, political games with this nation. President Trump remains ready, willing to negotiate with Democratic leadership. | Fox News
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    After 8 years of GOP blocking Obama, it’s funny to hear their supporters crying that the Democrats are blocking such great ideas of Trump’s. Obama’s were at least helping people, not cutting aid to the poor/under privileged to pay for the 0.01’s tax cut. Not making employees go to work and not get paid during yet another temper tantrum.
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    Why do we always talk about narrowing the deficit by hurting the poorest without providing a better way for them to support themselves, but we NEVER talk about reducing military spending, or about holding them accountable for the trillions in taxes they receive. Vets go without adequate pay (there are military wives on government support), medical care, and essential field supplies while we build bigger and better weapons for sanctioned mass murder. Like, really? WTAF?
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    What a lame waste of time. Here’s an alternative scenario. If a budget does not get passed on time, the agencies continue on a perpetual CR, less 10%. Painful, but not debilitating. Congress shuts down, except for what’s necessary to negotiate a budget. No pay, no free fights home or on junkets, no committee meetings, no other legislation. Passing a budget is job #1 and they shouldn’t be distracted until that is accomplished. This BS would then cease to be a problem.
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    Shut downs are the equivalent of taking hostages. The United States doesn’t negotiate with hostage takers (aka terrorists). So shut downs should never be a part of negotiations. No more. No more.
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    "Express the sense"? Congress, do your jobs to prevent shutdowns in the future.
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    This is plain common sense. The government shouldn’t be shut down just for political reasons just to get something that in the eyes of most Americans don’t agree on. The government was shut down over a wall that isn’t even funded or necessary yet there’s no shutdowns for equal pay for women, LGBTQ rights, education reform, gun rights etc. Shutdowns hurt the employees affected as well as the country when agencies aren’t working to keep the country running as smoothly and effective as possible
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