In the midst of the longest government shutdown in the history of the United States, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced a bill aimed at stopping this nightmare from unfolding in the future, and he was less than subtle with the title of his bill, calling it the “Stop STUPIDITY Act.”
Warner’s office announced the bill in a press release. “Stop STUPIDITY” is an acronym for Stop “Shutdowns Transferring Unnecessary Pain and Inflicting Damage in the Coming Years.”
The bill would keep the government running if lawmakers are unable to reach a new funding deal. The new funding would follow the same levels (and presumably allocations of funds) as the previous year.
Warner says the measure would “force Congress and the White House to come to the negotiating table without putting at risk the economy or hurting the American public.”
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— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) January 22, 2019
Government funding levels always ebb and flow, with different branches getting their piece of the cake, and funding the government is usually a massive bill (called an Omnibus Bill).
On Tuesday, the Senate returned to Washington, but it doesn’t seem that it’s any closer to reopening the government. Trump has proposed a deal that would extend Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections for undocumented immigrants, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she still won’t consider the proposal that allocates funds for the president’s border wall.
Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of federal employees are missing paychecks. Warner said he has heard from many of them and even invited them for a beer at an upcoming visit to a brewery just outside Washington, D.C.
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Sen. Warner also invited several furloughed federal employees that he has heard from over the last several weeks to join him for a pint at Port City.
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) January 22, 2019
It’s too early to start counting votes on the “Stop STUPIDITY Act” or even speculate where the different parties might stand since it would essentially reward the victors of an old election. For example, if Warner’s bill were in place right now, it would have funded the government on the levels passed by the 115th Congress before the Democrats took control of the House.