“STUPIDITY Act” Could End Government Shutdowns

The Week reports:

The unprecedented shutdown fell into its 32nd day over President Trump’s demand for border wall funding and Democrats’ refusal to give in. But while there remained no hint of a deal to reopen the government on Tuesday, Sen. Mark Warner did introduce the STUPIDITY Act to prevent hypothetical shutdowns in the future.

Under the craftily acronymed act, the federal government would keep running even if legislators and the president fail to agree to a new funding bill by a shutdown deadline.

It would simply preserve the previous fiscal year’s funding levels but adjust them for inflation. It wouldn’t fund the legislative and executive branches, though, “effectively forcing Congress and the White House to come to the negotiating table” without hurting American jobs.