A year after the United States went through its longest government shutdown in its history, officials like Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson are hoping to prevent one from ever happening again. After passing the Preventing Government Shutdown Act through his committee on a bipartisan, 12-2 vote, Johnson is now working with the No Labels group and the Problem Solvers Caucus in the U.S. House to develop similar legislation. If signed into law, federal spending would revert to the previous year’s levels if a new budget is not approved. Johnson says it is common sense.
Congress had to approve a temporary spending bill at the end of December to avoid another government shutdown until the end of September. President Donald Trump released his upcoming budget on Monday, which includes funding cuts to some government programs while spending more on the military.