As federal shutdown looms, Grayson touts bill to end 'self-destructive political ritual'
With another federal government shutdown possible this week because of disagreements in federal funding for Planned Parenthood, Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, a U.S. Senate candidate from Orlando, released a video statement to talk about a bill he introduced earlier this year that would stop government shutdowns altogether.
Calling shutdowns "a dangerous and self-destructive political ritual," Grayson said his bill would avert such crises by "applying existing budget levels to all federal agencies until a new law is passed creating new ones."
"My bill, H.R. 1776, is our declaration of independence from the tyranny of government shutdowns, both actual and threatened," Grayson said.
The bill has just one co-sponsor, Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Matt Cartwright. It was referred to the House Appropriations Committee in April, where it still awaits a hearing. GovTrack.us gives the bill a 7 percent chance at being enacted.
Grayson is running against U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, and North Palm Beach attorney Pam Keith in next year's August Democratic primary in the race to fill Marco Rubio's U.S. Senate seat.
Watch Grayson's video message in full: