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Outlaw shutdowns? That might make Congress worse

12:04 PM, Oct 28, 2013   |    comments
The early morning sun rises behind the U.S. Capitol building September 20, 2013 in Washington, DC (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - There is a way to prevent government shutdowns. A change in U.S. law would keep federal workers on the job and ensure that treasured sites like the Statue of Liberty and Yosemite stay open during a budget fight, instead of becoming political pawns.

The idea's been around for three decades, but even after a 16-day shutdown that cost billions of dollars and outraged voters, it's a tough sell in Washington.

Why?

Without the risk of a shutdown, there's no telling how long politicians might put off making hard budget decisions.

The United States could end up with government by autopilot.

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