House Passes Government Shutdown Prevention Act of 2011

In a novel legislative move, the House passed H.R. 1255, the Government Shutdown Prevention Act of 2011 on Friday, April 1, 2011 by a slim majority vote of 221-202. Fifteen Republicans joined all Democrats in voting against the measure.

The one page bill simply states that if the House leadership has not received word from the Senate that it has ratified H.R. 1 (which continues funding for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011) by April 6th, 2011, then H.R. 1 is considered as passed into law without Senate ratification or Presidential signature.

The measure also provides that if there is a government shutdown, then all members of Congress and the President shall not be paid for the period in which the government is shutdown.



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