Stefanik co-sponsors bill to head off future shutdowns

WASHINGTON — North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced she is co-sponsoring a Republican bill intended to prevent future government shutdowns.

H.R. 622, called the Government Shutdown Prevention Act, was introduced Wednesday in the House of Representatives but had not yet seen any other action as of Monday evening. It would provide for automatic continuing resolutions as it “aims to fix the nonsensical budget process and do away with partisan politicking at the expense of federal workers,” according to a press release from the office of Stefanik, R-Schuylerville.

“Throughout my time in Congress, I have been a consistent vote to keep the government open,” Stefanik said in a press release. “My district is home to many federal workers who depend on Congress to ensure they have a stable paycheck and we have let them down time and time again. This bill is a significant step to end the partisan games that are played at the expense of North Country workers. I’m proud to co-lead this vital and long-overdue bill.”

Other original co-sponsors are Reps. Lloyd Smucker, R-Pa., John Curtis, R-Utah, Rodney Davis, R-Ill., Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., and Fred Upton, R-Mich.