Boyle seeking support for plan to prevent future shutdowns

Dan Wing
January 26, 2019 - 8:58 am
Congressman Brendan Boyle

Credit: Pat Loeb

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — With the longest government shutdown in U.S. history over for the time being, a Philadelphia area congressman says he has drafted leglislation that would make it the last shutdown the country ever has to deal with. 

After seeing the pain and hardships this most recent shutdown caused federal workers, U.S. Rep Brendan Boyle, D-Philadelphia, says it's time the U.S. follows the example of the rest of the western world and get rid of them. 

Asked how that could be accomplished, he said, "It would ensure that, once an appropriation expires, there's simply an automatic 90-day extension."

Boyle says the next step is to get the bill refered to Congress and for him to build up bipartisan support. He thinks he'll be able to get that bipartisan support — "because I think it's pretty clear from the opinion polls, no side wins in a government shutdown. One side loses more than the other, but no side wins, and ultimately it's the people who are hurt."