Republican Senator Introduces Bill That Would Force Lawmakers To Stay in Washington During Shutdown to Negotiate a Deal

A bill was introduced by Republican Senator Joni Ernst this week that would force lawmakers to remain in Washington during the remainder of the current partial government shutdown if they are unable to agree on a budget in time.

On January 19, 2019, she appeared on Fox & Friends, saying that the “No Budget, No Recess Act” is being cosponsored by numerous other senators.

Fox News Insider reports, “According to a press release about the proposal, the act would force member of Congress to stay in Washington, D.C., if a budget fails to pass by April 15 or if regular spending bills don’t pass by August 1.”

“This means that Congress would be unable to adjourn for the August state work period — commonly referred to as “recess” — until work is completed,” it said.

The Iowa senator explained that if either of the requirements weren’t met, “there would be quorum calls requiring our members to be on the floor twice a day until we work through the impasse.”

The bill was introduced before President Trump made his announcement in which he updated Americans on the current government shutdown and crisis at the southern border.

Ernst stated that the problem taking place at the shared border between the U.S. and Mexico is a “humanitarian crisis.” She explained that Congress has got to figure out a way to support the President and what he is trying to accomplish.

She also stated that there are “so many ways forward,” however Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has decided not to meet with the President to talk about them.


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