Ohio Sen. Rob Portman’s plan to end government shutdowns [“Congress could prevent shutdowns — but that might create new problems,” news article, Oct. 29] can’t work. If a budget is not approved by Congress 120 days after the fiscal year begins on Oct. 1, Mr. Portman’s plan calls for reducing the budget by 1 percent every 90 days. Those in Congress who didn’t flinch at a draconian sequester and a government shutdown would hardly notice a 1 percent budget cut every 90 days. What would work is every 90 days randomly select and vacate 1 percent of congressional seats.

Joseph Maio, Round Hill