Senate

Schumer says Congress should make sure shutdown 'never happens again'

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday he wants to prevent future government shutdowns in the event of funding lapses.

"Now that the shutdown is over, we should roll up our sleeves and make sure it never happens again," Schumer said at a Manhattan news conference, according to Newsday.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) last week introduced a bill called The Stop Stupidity (Shutdowns Transferring Unnecessary Pain and Inflicting Damage In The Coming Years) Act, which would automatically renew funding for all aspects of government, except for the legislative branch and president's office, at the same level as the previous year.

Senate Republicans, led by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), have also introduced similar legislation, the End Government Shutdowns Act.

Schumer has not taken a position on specific legislation.

White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation" that President Trump is willing to shut down the government again in three weeks should lawmakers not come to a satisfactory agreement on border security funding.

The president on Friday signed a bill to fund the government for three weeks, ending a partial government shutdown that had lasted 35 days. The measure did not include money for a wall along the southern border, but provided the opportunity for a bipartisan conference of lawmakers to negotiate border security funding.

Trump said in an interview published Sunday with The Wall Street Journal that he views the chances of a potential deal among lawmakers as "less than 50-50."

Updated at 6:10 p.m.

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