Proposed bill would withhold pay from Congress in a shutdown
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jan 29, 2019
Three lawmakers have joined efforts to make sure that in the event of another government shutdown, federal workers will not be the only ones not being paid.
“Federal workers don’t get paid during a government shutdown. Neither should politicians,” Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME) said. “That’s just common sense....This legislation will help prevent the American people from being political pawns for party leaders and help return sanity to the task of funding the government,” he added.
Reps. Dan Crenshaw (R-Tex.) and Max Rose (D-N.Y.) also joined Golden's efforts on Jan. 29 in introducing the bipartisan bill, the Solidarity in Salary Act of 2019, that would withhold pay from members of Congress, the president, and the vice president during a government shutdown.
“Federal employees should never have to carry the burden caused by a dysfunctional government; that’s why I’m proud to cosponsor this legislation,” Crenshaw said, adding, “When a Congressional impasse causes federal employees to go unpaid, Members of Congress should have to withhold their pay. We should have to feel the very real effects of a shutdown, just as our fellow federal employees are forced to do.”
View text of the bill here.