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Murkowski introduces bill to end all government shutdowns

(2-minute read) FEDERAL PROGRAMS WOULD SIMPLY CONTINUE

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski together with Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Steve Daines (R-MT), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Enzi (R-WY), John Barrasso (R-WY), Jim Risch (R-ID), Mike Lee (R-UT) today introduced legislation – the End Government Shutdowns Act – that would permanently prevent the federal government from shutting down.

The measure will create an automatic continuing resolution for any regular appropriations bill or existing CR, keeping the federal government open when budget negotiations falter before key spending deadlines.

“The ripple effect of a government shutdown has consequences for all Alaskans– most directly on the thousands of federal employees and tens of thousands more that rely on our federal agencies,” said Murkowski.

“This legislation permanently ends government shutdowns with a commonsense solution to avoid a funding lapse, ensuring the jobs and livelihoods of federal workers and contractors are not held hostage during political disputes,” she said. “For the sake of our federal employees, their families, and our nation, I’m proud to support the End Government Shutdowns Act.”

The End Government Shutdowns Act would set up an automatic continuing resolution for any regular appropriations bill that has not been completed by the October 1 deadline.

After the first 120 days, the continuing resolution funding would be reduced by one percent and would be reduced by one percent again every 90 days thereafter until Congress does its job and completes the annual appropriations process.

The legislation mirrors one that Sen. Portman has introduced in every Congress since he was first elected to the United States Senate in 2010.

DEEP STATE — ENDING THE CONGRESS’ POWER OF APPROPRIATION

The major constitutional role of the U.S. Congress is appropriations — to pass budget bills and finally a budget.

With a government simply continuing to operate under a continuing resolution after continuing resolution, government would become simply a perpetual machine that operates outside of the authority of the appropriators.

Would it be the ultimate Deep State? Critics say it could be creating that very thing that many Republicans are concerned about — the varied elements of government that are effectively able to rule the United States without the consent of the governed as exercised through the formal political process that starts with elections and results in appropriations.

Remarks from Sen. Lisa Murkowski on the Senate floor regarding border security and partial government shutdown:

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Holy Smokes! How long before Alaskans of every political persuasion wake out of their stupor and realized the inanity of their Senior Senator?! She cannot even see her way through simple application of presumption of innocence or due process into a vote for a constitutionalist judge! Now she wants to throw away the last remaining real power congress has to rein in anything – including the other branches of government and the bloated behemoth budget that bastardizes its few legitimate spending powers with illegitimate socialism now sucking out the bulk of our nation’s resources. Dear God, Republicans! Can’t you gut up to fielding a primary candidate that can override Murkowski’s skill at selling herself to the Alaska corporations who train all their shareholders how to spell “Murkowski” on a write in ballot?

    • They had difficulty spelling LISA.

  • My thoughts exactly!

  • Well said, Steve. Why is Murkowski on any Republican committee? We never voted her in office.

  • Lisa Murkowski is the new hero of Leftist women. Hard to believe she represents the 49th state. Her beliefs are more in line with the values of San Francisco and New York City. Frank Murkowski really lost his stroke and slipped up when he spawned this one. DUMP LISA! The movement is real and growing fast.

    • The reason Lisa is a hero to Leftist women is because she believes fervently in government paid late-semester abortion. Fully funded Planned Parenthood advocate. And Lisa attended private Catholic schools her entire life. This is one really mixed-up person. God save Alaska.

  • Lisa doesn’t look very happy. A donkey in the headlights of an oncoming tractor trailer. This woman is a wreck waiting to happen.

  • This legislation feels a lot like Germany’s Enabling Act of 1933, which provided for another way to enact laws in Germany when it was deemed necessary. (That Power was only exercised by one person, Adolf Hitler.).

    I am sorry, Senator, but eliminating the requirement that Congress must appropriate money before agencies can spend those funds is Constitutionally bankrupt and nonsense.

  • She sure does look sad, Marla. It must be terrible to realize that everyone in the Alaska Republican Party thinks she is a traitor and an abject liar. Democrats don’t care because they will use her for their own purposes, then discard her like toilet paper. Lisa is a useful fool.
    Her parents, Frank and Nancy, who spent all of that time, money, and political capital raising her, also did a huge disservice to Alaskans in 2002, by appointing her to the US Senate. This was Frank and Nancy’s biggest mistake and a huge black eye for the Republican Party, which was always so loyal to Frank and Nancy. SHAME ON THE MURKOWSKI FAMILY!

    • The Murkowski family felt tremendously entitled and many stratas above the average Alaskan. Frank stated that he wanted “to make history,” when he chose Lisa to replace him as US Senator. The Murkowski’s have held the Senate seats and the governorship since 1980. They want a dynasty attached to the family name. Almost 40 years in the making. But there is a whole lot of arrogance and selfishness that goes with that political longevity. The entire family now feels entitled. Frank and Nancy used to travel to Taiwan on promotional junkets, where they were literally treated like a visiting king and queen. The Royals from Alaska. Well, most Alaskans don’t understand that kind of behavior. Lisa needs to be spanked and slapped hard by the Republican Party. Frank and Nancy won’t be around to help their daughter in the next campaign cycle. The word is getting around……quickly. I doubt Joe Miller will ever run again, but someone is out there.

  • And there is more to the gypsy23 story!

    • Please disclose, “And 2019.” Sounds like you have some inside scoop, as does Gypsy23.
      I recall back in early November 2002, when Frank just won the governorship in Alaska. He and wife Nancy were supposed to immediately announce Frank’s US Senate replacement…..Johne Binkley. That never happened. Instead, the Murkowskis waited six weeks after the election until announcing their daughter Lisa would replace her dad as senator. The picture in the ADN for that announcement showed three people with that deer-in-the-headlights look; Frank, Nancy, and Lisa. Very uncomfortable, eye-bulging looks by all three Murkowskis. Lisa never lost that look, even after 16 years. Frank and Nancy needed the extra 6 weeks, post governor election, to figure out an explanation why they wouldn’t announce Johne Binkley, after they had promised him for one year in advance that he would get the job.
      Binkley ran against Frank in 2006 for governor, but both got their arsses kicked by a young upstart….Sarah Palin. Could it be?
      History does like to repeat itself.

  • Lisa is always the weakest link.

  • Lisa sounds like a Dummer-Rat …let’s create an unconstitutional Act doing exactly that A BAND -AID that you say isn’t the thing to do …you need a “couch to lay on” explaining to a Doctor why you are so scrambled up in your thinking… Please do all Alaskans a favor by resigning!

  • Until we clean up our voter rolls and eligibility keeping an eye on illegal and dead voters Lisa will win every time.

    • Then let’s contribute to the DUMP LISA campaign and get the ball rolling early. Send her lazy house husband out to the unemployment line.

  • Suzanne, thanks for this great article and the accompanying video clip of Lisa’s speech on the Senate Floor. Lisa says:

    ” Count me in (several times)…to be operating in good faith….”

    What does this mean? Count me in with my fellow Democrats? That Lisa operates with good faith?

    Pathetic speech. We all know that Lisa’s lack of oratory skills and critical thinking ability is attributed to poor genetics. But this woman is crazy. She openly defies her Republican Party as though we don’t see the Trojan Horse looming in the background. Lisa has a derangement syndrome of some sort, thinking that her next 2022 election date is far enough down the pike where we will forgive her traitorous behavior. As for her “good faith,” Lisa must have been sleeping in law school a lot. Honesty in Fact, Lisa. Something you don’t have, and your daddy Frank didn’t teach you (because he didn’t have it either). And that is going to lead poor old, crazy Lisa Murkowski to the political boneyard where her dad now resides. The apple falling off the tree. The sap leaking off the broken branches.

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