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Rand Paul’s shutdown solution

Never one to shy away from a unique idea, Senator Rand Paul has for the second time introduced a permanent solution to the problem of government shutdowns.

The Government Shutdown Prevention Act would provide for uninterrupted funding of all government agencies and programs in the event that Congress is unable to agree on a budget.

The caveat – or hammer, as Paul calls it – behind the measure is that the continued funding would be based on the previous year’s budget, minus one percent across the board. An additional one percent would be cut for every 90 days that pass without a new budget agreement.

Based on the 2017 budget – which projected a $700 billion deficit – a one-percent cut would amount to about $40 billion, meaning the greatest cut that could be implemented under the plan in a single year would be around $160 billion.

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