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House Bill Aims to Head Off Gov’t Shutdown

CapitolDomeFour House Democratic lawmakers have introduced a bill that calls for bipartisan efforts to raise sequestration spending caps and avert another government shutdown at the end of this month.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen’s (D-Md.) office said the Prevent A Government Shutdown Act of 2015 would require Congress’ budget negotiators to identify strategies to offset sequester.

Under the legislation, discretionary funding caps would be automatically raised to the president’s budget level if appropriators fail to broker a deal before the fiscal year ends.

The bill calls for a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers to hammer out a sequester relief agreement by Sept. 25 and pass the resulting legislation by Oct. 1.

Van Hollen crafted the Prevent A Government Shutdown Act with Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and Barbara Lee Barbara Lee (D-Calif.).

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