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Congress should stay until it’s work is done



Finally, some common sense in Washington. Legislation has been introduced in Congress which would avoid the threat of government shutdowns. There have been a handful of federal government shutdowns in recent years because of Congress’ inability to pass a comprehensive federal budget. Instead, Congress tends to rely on stop-gap spending measures and continuing resolutions to keep the government from going off a cliff. Another shutdown is possible by June if Congress doesn’t agree to raise the debt ceiling. Failing to do so could send the economy into a tailspin. Now, a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, is proposing what the call the Prevent Government Shutdowns Act. It would take government shutdowns off the table and force Congress to get its work done. Under the plan, members of Congress would have to stay in Washington and continue working until the spending bills are complete. If there was a lapse in government funding, the bill would authorize continued funding at current levels. It shouldn’t take such legislation to force Congress to do its job, but based on all the shutdowns we’ve seen, this bill makes sense.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Lucenut

    February 3, 2023 at 10:33 am

    Congress hasn’t passed a federal budget since 1997. Pelosi has only ever funded the abomination they call the federal government with continuing resolutions. We need congress to actually debate and pass a lawful federal budget!

  2. Kent Porter

    February 6, 2023 at 7:25 am

    8 hours of work AT WORK for 8 hours or pay , And a 1/2 hr UNPAID LUNCH !!!!!!

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