A new proposal has been introduced in the Senate that would require members of Congress to remain in Washington D.C. during federal government shutdowns.
Republican Senator Joni Ernst submitted the new proposal which would completely restrict the travel on lawmakers who fail to pass a funding measure to keep the government open.
From the Western Journal:
The “No Budget, No Recess Act” would ban members of Congress from leaving Washington if there is no budget in place by April 15 or if spending bills are not all approved by Aug. 1, according to a press release issued by Ernst. In the latter case, the traditional August recess, where members go to their home states, would be sacrificed.
The federal fiscal year begins every Oct. 1. The release notes that since 1976, the full year’s budget has been approved on time in only four instances.
During an interview on Fox News ahead of Trump’s immigration announcement, Ernst said on Saturday that she said she would like to see “that a deal has been reached.”
“But, I don’t believe Pelosi is in town to do that. I would love to see the shutdown end. We have a lot of workers out there, they are working and they are not currently getting paid. We need to resolve this,” Ernst continued.
“I do believe the president has made very clear that he would like to see additional security at the border and part of that is through physical barriers. So, let’s come to an agreement. Let’s get this done. Let’s get our workers back doing their jobs,” the senator added.
“We have a humanitarian crisis [at the border] when we have tens of thousands of inadmissible people coming to our border every month. It is a crisis. We do need to find a way to support the president and his initiatives.”
Ernst said she would “point to Democratic colleagues in the house and the Senate” and ask: “why are we denying the president this opportunity to erect additional barriers when President Bill Clinton did this, President Bush did this, as well as President Obama, had miles of barriers built during his administration.”
“So why are denying this president the same opportunity the previous presidents had?” the senator asked.
The Iowan senator said negotiations are not continuing as Pelosi is out of town and refusing to meet with Trump.
“Pelosi has made the decision not to meet with the president—I don’t believe she’s in Washington D.C. this week. It’s really hard to have those conversations,” Ernst said.
She said that her new bill would force members to remain in Washington amid a shutdown to continue their negotiations “until we had a budget done and until we had those appropriations bills done. Those must be done by August 1 and the budget bill would have to be done by April 15th.”
“If we fail to pass a budget and spending bills, we should stay in town and work together until we get the job done.”
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