Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced legislation on Tuesday that would “put an end to future government shutdowns and protect federal government workers from being used as pawns in policy negotiations.”
The Stop STUPIDITY Act – short for Shutdowns Transferring Unnecessary Pain and Inflicting Damage In The Coming Years – “takes the aggressive but necessary step of forcing the President and Congress to do the jobs they were elected to do,” Warner’s office said in a statement.
For those keeping score at home, yes, the word “Coming” in the bill’s name adds an extra “C” not contained within ‘STUPIDITY,” but extra points for effort.
“It is disturbing that the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of workers are at the mercy of dysfunction in Washington,” the statement read. “Workers, business owners and taxpayers are currently paying the price of D.C. gridlock and my legislation will put an end to that.”
The bill “would fund all aspects of the government except for the legislative branch and the Executive Office of the President – effectively forcing Congress and the White House to come to the negotiating table without putting at risk the economy or hurting the American public.”
That means in the event of a future shutdown, Congress and the president would go without pay.
“Stop the STUPIDITY,” Warner wrote on Twitter. “End the shutdown. Pay federal workers and contractors.”
Stop the STUPIDITY. End the shutdown. Pay federal workers and contractors. https://t.co/ozdB3Kadbu
— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) January 22, 2019
Warner represents a substantial chunk of the 800,000 government employees that have been furloughed or are working without pay due to President Donald Trump’s third government shutdown, now the longest in history as it concludes its 32nd day.
The Stop STUPIDITY Act garnered wide support on social media. The name was a hit.
Sir please do… to aid in your efforts I sent Mitch McConnel a quick GIF of school house rock in case he has forgotten that the two houses can override a presidential veto. I can only do so much to help free my 800,000 fellow citizens currently held hostage
— Kitty (@KittyDevine43) January 22, 2019
— Indivisible San Jose (@Indivisible_SJ) January 22, 2019
Thanks for keeping it real, Senator Warner. 🤛
— Kpowers (@kpsfred) January 22, 2019
This is awesome!
— Anne Rose loves her wife! (@anne1992) January 22, 2019
You nailed the name of it, Senator……..thanks
— HokieHoos (@HokieHoos) January 22, 2019
I'm so happy you're our senator
— Shannon Byrd (@prettybyrd01) January 22, 2019
Others, however, question the constitutionality of the legislation.