June 20, 2019
As another spending crisis looms, the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee advanced a bill on June 19 to help prevent future shutdowns. The bill is designed to impose negative consequences on Congress and the administration if there is a government shutdown.
According to FCW.com:
The bipartisan bill sponsored by Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) puts the government into an automatic continuing resolution in the event of a lapse in appropriations legislation. Additionally, the bill curtails executive branch and legislative travel and requires lawmakers to focus on funding efforts and not any other legislation except in the event of an emergency.
At the business meeting, lawmakers sought to alter the Prevent Government Shutdowns Act to carve out more exceptions to the no travel provision to support senior defense officials and diplomats. However, the bill advanced on the promise from the sponsors that the sought-after exceptions would be clarified in subsequent versions of the bill.