Congressman Van Drew Introduces Legislation to Prevent Future Government Shutdowns

U.S. Representatives Jeff Van Drew (D-2) and Troy Balderson (R-OH) have introduced the End Government Shutdowns Act, (H.R. 791), which would 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 would create an automatic continuing resolution (CR) for any appropriations bill not completed by the October 1 deadline and enact across the board cuts of one percent after four months if our nation’s leaders have not come to an agreement by then.

They introduced the legislation on the day when congressional leaders and President Donald J. Trump announced an end to the longest shutdown in our nation’s history.

“35 days is too long. Any amount of time is too long. Both parties must come together to do the responsible thing for the American people and not let our nation’s leaders play with the lives and livelihoods of our federal workers, contractors and the small businesses that depend on them. We must pass this legislation,” said Van Drew.

“Shutdowns habitually put the federal government—and everyday Americans—in peril of not receiving their due paychecks or accessing critical resources,” said Balderson. “As Members of Congress, it’s our job to make sure the government remains fully functional for all Americans. They deserve better.”