Virginia Sen. Mark Warner introduces 'Stop STUPIDITY Act' to prevent future shutdowns

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., vice-chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, questions retired Vice Adm. Joseph Maguire at his confirmation hearing to become the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

As the government shutdown continues into a second month, one Democratic senator is already looking ahead to make sure another shutdown doesn’t happen in the future.

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner on Tuesday introduced the Stop STUPIDITY Act, which is aimed to prevent future government shutdowns in the event of funding lapses.

Warner’s measure – which has a full name of “Stop Shutdowns Transferring Unnecessary Pain and Inflicting Damage In The Coming Years Act” – would keep the government open under a scenario in which lawmakers are not able to pass a funding bill.

If that were to happen, the measure would automatically renew government funding at the same levels as the previous fiscal year.

Warner has been a vocal critic of the shutdown, frequently calling for it to end. Virginia is one of the states most heavily impacted by the shutdown because of its high number of federal workers who live and/or work in the state.

Tuesday marked the 32nd day of the current partial government shutdown – the longest in U.S. history. As a result, an estimated 800,000 federal workers have been either furloughed or working without pay.

The shutdown started after lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill that provided $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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