New Video Details Senator Portman’s Work to End Government Shutdowns

September 25, 2019 | Press Releases

Last week, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation, which is chaired by Senator Portman, released a bipartisan report detailing the combined costs of the past three federal shutdowns. These three shutdowns, totaling 54 days of partial or full government closure, caused furloughed workers to lose a combined 56,938 years of productivity, and cost taxpayers at least $4 billion in back pay and other associated costs. The report is the result of a nine-month investigation by the Subcommittee, which started in the wake of the most recent government shutdown in winter of 2018 — this was also the longest shutdown in American history. During the shutdown, Senator Portman reintroduced legislation, the End Government Shutdowns Act, which would prevent further government shutdowns via an automatic continuing resolution that maintains government funding at current levels.

A video highlighting the report’s findings and Senator Portman’s plan to prevent future government shutdowns can be found here.

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