Lisa Murkowski and other Republican Senators propose bill that would end government shutdowns forever.

By |2019-01-11T13:22:30-09:00January 11th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |11 Comments

I think this is progress, though it does not appear to be a remedy for what is happening right now.

Courtesy of KTUU:

As the shutdown of the federal government ties for the longest in U.S. history, a group of Republican senators, including senior Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski, are proposing a bill that would permanently prevent shutdowns of this kind from ever happening again.

The bill, called the End Government Shutdowns Act, was introduced Friday by U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rob Portman (R-OH), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Steve Daines (R-MT), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Enzi (R-WY), John Barrasso (R-WY), Jim Risch (R-ID), and Mike Lee (R-UT).

According to them, the bill will "permanently prevent the federal government from shutting down, ensuring that essential government services aren’t disrupted and protecting taxpayers who must bear the resulting cost."

The bill was promoted back to attention due to the current shutdown, which began overfunds for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, for which President Donald Trump wants $5 billion included in the spending budget to pay for. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats opposed this.

In a statement Friday, Murkowski said of the shutdown: “The ripple effect of a government shutdown has consequences for all Alaskans-- most directly on the thousands of federal employees and tens of thousands more that rely on our federal agencies."

“This legislation permanently ends government shutdowns with a commonsense solution to avoid a funding lapse, ensuring the jobs and livelihoods of federal workers and contractors are not held hostage during political disputes," she said. "For the sake of our federal employees, their families, and our nation, I’m proud to support the End Government Shutdowns Act.”

As I said this does not appear to do anything about the shutdown that is happening right now, but it does send a fairly clear message that some of the Senate Republicans have broken with Trump, and it is only a matter of time before they are joined by the majority.

Trump is clearly not getting his stupid wall. 

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  1. Beaglemom January 11, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Well, that’s something of a joke because most “shutdowns” are brought about by Republicans. The first one that I can recall was Newt Gingrich’s insane shutdown in the 1990’s, the one that lost him his House seat because it was such a joke. This current one is just as insane. In 2013 the Senate passed immigration reform by a wide margin; it was never put forward in the House. Thank you for nothing, Paul Ryan. The Democrats in Congress have always supported border security; they’re just smart enough to know that a giant wall across a huge landscape is a waste of time and money. It’s also interesting to see how the Republicans cheer on these shutdown disasters and then whine and complain when they backfire. As they have every single time they’ve tried it.

    • Anonymous January 11, 2019 at 7:09 pm

      Let’s not forget the shutdown brought to us by the then junior senator Ted Cruz as a temper tantrum… cost us a few billion.

      Just wait til we see the bill for this one.

  2. Gryphen January 11, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    By the way, just let me say that I am a little proud of Senator Murkowski.

    I NEVER get to feel any pride about our representatives here in Alaska, but she is at least standing up for her people and refusing to kiss Trump’s ass.

    And considering what a shabby state the Republican party is in right now, that almost seems heroic.

    • Anonymous January 11, 2019 at 7:26 pm

      Pardon me if I’m a little leery, Gryph, or maybe I’m just too cynical for my own good any more.
      Political posturing? She’s always voted alongside Trump.

  3. Rick January 11, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    I’d have to read the fine print before I gave out any props for this. On the surface, it looks fine and reasonable. But I don’t see any Democrats co-sponsoring the Bill so there must be a reason.

    • Anonymous January 11, 2019 at 7:10 pm

      knowing the republicans, it states they can shut the government down, but Democrats can’t

  4. FYI January 11, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    The seven lawmakers are:

    Justin Amash (R-MI)

    Andy Biggs (R-AZ)

    Paul Gosar (R-AZ)

    Glen Grothman (R-WI)

    Thomas Massie (R-KY)

    Chip Roy (R-TX)

    Ted Yoho (R-FL)

  5. Anonymous January 11, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Well isn’t that special, a bill to prevent them from doing what they do best or do they really believe the American public thinks it is that Democrats brought this all on.

    They were in power in both house of congress and the oval office.. their idiot president shut down the government.

    AK must be losing a lot of federal money since they take the most and give the least. Also isn’t she up for reelection in 2020.

  6. 😐 January 11, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    The news is exploding with the FBI looking into Trump helping Russia.
    That was in 2016. And here we are.

  7. Anonymous January 11, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    I hate seeing people being held hostage by that assholes ego. Republicans are allowing it to happen and trying to find a way to blame the democrats.

  8. Anonymous January 12, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    If they’re serious. They vote to end the shut down now, no matter what the House passes. Then they can promote and pass their solution for future shutdowns. But first, let them put their money where their mouths are and end the shutdown now.

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