Proposed bill would withhold pay from Congress in a shutdown

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.

Reader comments

Mon, Mar 11, 2019

If they do not have an approved budget by Oct.1, they should all be sequestered in Congress, sleeping on cots, being fed sack lunches, no phones or internet and no pay until a budget is passed.

Mon, Mar 11, 2019 ed137x

It would not do any good. They make more money from "Campaign Contributions" anyway.

Mon, Mar 11, 2019

This should be expanded to their travel and office budgets, plus to all their senior staff. As others have pointed out, the members themselves are unlikely to be dependent on their salaries. But senior staff, who do much of the day-to-day business on policy work, are much more likely to feel the impact and therefore would be much more likely to push harder to resolve budget issues.

Mon, Mar 11, 2019 Bob Norton


Mon, Mar 11, 2019 Steve Armstrong TX

The Federal Government loss about $11 billion dollars during the last shutdown of the Federal Government. Congresspersons, POTUS, and VPOTUS need to fined $250,000 for everyday the the Federal Government is shutdown through their campaign funds and salaries.

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