Imagine if the thirty-five day government shutdown never happened. 

"I can tell you there is no appetite in Congress to go through that again."

Under a pair of new plans floating through the Senate, they might not.

Ohio Senator Rob Portman penned legislation that would automatically renew funding for government agencies that remain unfunded by October 1st.

The catch is that government spending starts getting cut by 1-percent if lawmakers don't reach a deal.

Senator Pat Toomey is among the thirty-three Republicans backing the bill.

"There would still be plenty of incentive to do the appropriation bill that should be done. But you would never have the danger of a shutdown because you would have this automatic funding mechanism in place," Senator Toomey said.

Critics argue that this plan could lead to significant spending cuts. However, those cuts wouldn't kick in until 120 days after the would-be shutdown first starts.

That window is nearly four-times as long as the 35-day shutdown that ended earlier this month.

Brent Woolfork is the Director of Government Affairs at the center for American Progress in Washington. 

He's not too concerned about the threat of budget cuts because of that wide window.

Instead, it's the idea of doing nothing by next Friday plus the ripple effect that a second shutdown could have on government workers.

"That kind of uncertainty, particularly for federal workers living paycheck to paycheck is a big concern. So I think you do have to look at and consider those issues," Woolfork said.

Across the aisle, Senate Democrats are drawing up a similar plan, but would not call for those scheduled budget cuts.