More Editorial Boards Back Portman Effort to End Government Shutdowns
A growing number of the nation’s editorial boards – including the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Newark Advocate, Crain’s Cleveland Business, Daily Sentinel, Waterways Journal, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington Post, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Toledo Blade, Akron Beacon Journal, and Cincinnati Enquirer – are praising Senator Portman’s efforts to end government shutdowns for good. Earlier this year, for the fifth time, he introduced his End Government Shutdowns Act legislation which will permanently prevent the federal government from shutting down, ensuring that essential government services aren’t disrupted and protecting taxpayers who must bear the resulting cost. The legislation currently has 33 cosponsors in the Senate and a bipartisan companion in the House. Portman has made clear he will strongly push for its inclusion in any final government funding bill.
Excerpts of the editorials can be found below.
Bipartisan deal to head off another shutdown would be strengthened by Rob Portman’s End Government Shutdowns bill
Cleveland Plain Dealer
February 8, 2019
“But behind the scenes, Ohio’s Sen. Rob Portman has been building momentum for a compromise that would also include his End Government Shutdowns Act. Good for him. Portman has long emphasized that mutual agreement on border security and barrier funding is within reach, if only all parties dialed back the toxic rhetoric and came to the table…
“But Portman could play an even more important role in whatever compromise emerges if it includes legislation he reintroduced Jan. 10 to take the overly blunt and costly weapon of threatened government shutdowns off the table for future budget impasses…
“Portman’s End Government Shutdowns bill is now up to 33 co-sponsors and counting, according to Portman’s office. Ohio’s other senator, Sherrod Brown, could help move the bill along by adding his co-sponsorship to the legislation. The bill provides that, in the event of a budgeting impasse, government funding would continue at current levels for a while, then decrease very gradually, to allow breathing space for a deal. Portman told reporters in a media call on Tuesday that he remains hopeful the bill would be incorporated into whatever package goes to the president for signature. ‘My hope is we will never shut down government again,’ he added. It’s a hope many Americans share, which is why, if Portman’s bill doesn’t make it through in the compromise package, it should move forward as a stand-alone bill that can be debated and passed along bipartisan lines…
“Portman’s End Government Shutdowns Act offers a bipartisan way forward to defuse tensions now and shelve politically costly shutdown politics for good.”
February 2, 2019
“A plus to our Congressional leaders for ending the shutdown a week ago and getting our federal workers paid and back to work. As we opined last week, political leaders should not be using people's livelihood as a bargaining chip. That is why we also offer a plus to Senator Rob Portman and Rep. Troy Balderson for introducing legislation that could permanently end such shutdowns.
“The identical bills would extend government funding with 1 percent reductions occurring if deals aren’t met in a timely fashion. It's definitely a good starting point, and while it may or may not be the ultimate solution, we certainly hope legislators actually put some effort into finding a permanent fix for this problem.”
Crain’s Cleveland Business
February 3, 2019
“The 35-day federal government shutdown was both a pointless game of political chicken and an unnecessary wallop to the economy...
“There has to be a better way to do this. One option that we like comes from Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, whose End Government Shutdowns Act is building support in the Senate…
“It’s not a new idea; Portman has introduced a version of the legislation in every Congress since he was elected to the Senate in 2010...
“U.S. Sen. Rob Portman among others, has a proposal that could stop the insanity.”
February 2, 2019
“Shutting the government down to negotiate policy differences is, in our view, the epitome of government malpractice. It’s good to see lawmakers from both sides of the aisles making an effort to take this insufferable and pointless exercise out of circulation once and for all…
“In the Senate, Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) each introduced a bill to prevent shutdowns in the future. Portman’s, which has 18 co-sponsors, would continue funding the government at current levels if Congress failed to reach a funding agreement, but funding would decline by 1 percent after 120 days and then each subsequent 90 days if no deal were reached.”
February 2, 2019
“A plan sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a persistent critic of shutdowns, would fund agencies at previous levels in events of a budget or other dispute. To get the parties talking, it would reduce agency funding by 1 percent after 120 days and by a further 1 percent after another 90 days. It’s a bill Portman has introduced before, but maybe this time it will get some traction.”
The Washington Post
January 28, 2019
“Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) have introduced competing bills that would automatically continue previous spending if Congress failed to pass new spending bills. The budget would essentially run on autopilot.
“The bills recognize this downside and offer alternative solutions. Mr. Portman would begin across-the-board spending cuts, hitting defense and non-defense spending, after 120 days, as an incentive to negotiate…”
January 27, 2019
“Other Republicans were equally outspoken, including Sen. Rob Portman, who put out a plan that would keep government tripping along amid negotiations, with stepped 1 percent cuts after four months and seven months as a nudge to keep the conversation on track….”
January 19, 2019
“Mr. Portman — along with eight co-sponsors and counting — has proposed the bill that would permanently prevent future shutdowns by creating an automatic continuing resolution for regular government appropriations….
“The hope is that Congress will now finally move on Mr. Portman’s End Government Shutdowns Act, so that the current shutdown can be America’s last.
The Toledo Blade
January 16, 2019
“Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) is reintroducing — for the fifth time since he was first elected to the Senate in 2010 — a bill that would eliminate federal government shutdowns…
“Mr. Portman is a practical man who is always looking for common sense and common-ground proximate solutions. In the End Government Shutdowns Act, he has found one.”
Akron Beacon Journal
January 16, 2019
“U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio points in the right direction with his legislation, joined by U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, to set up a $25 billion trust fund for border security in combination with legal protection for those covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, young people brought illegally here as children.
“This is a win-win proposition, the money for border security directed to proven practices. More, Portman, who is working with a bipartisan group of senators to find a way out, has another proposal that would prevent government shutdowns. It would allow for an automatic continuing resolution when budget talks fall short of a deal….”
January 11, 2019
“…Staying with the government shutdown, Sen. Rob Portman is leading the introduction of two bills in the U.S. Senate to address the matter. One bill would establish a $25 billion trust fund over five years to enhance U.S. border security and codify protections for individuals in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The other bill would permanently end government shutdowns. Whether either bill gets any traction remains to be seen, but at least Portman is attempting to bring some form of compromise to the table for discussion. That seems to be a foreign concept in today's bunker-style politics…”