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

Sun, Feb 3, 2019

Old Mitch time for the retirement since you obstruct anything that comes along. Also retire out Pelosi and Schumer since they are all in the same boat of do nothings and obstruct everything.

Sun, Feb 3, 2019

Government shutdown should equate to immediate termination of employment in regards to the senate and congressional representatives. Also terminate their staff also so that new ideas and functional adults begin to change the overall lack of leadership and integrity.

Fri, Feb 1, 2019

Make real world examples, get rid of Pelosi and McConnel at the next shut down. They do not have the interests of anyone other than themselves. McConnel does not want folks to vote since he would be out of office quickly followed by Pelosi.

Thu, Jan 31, 2019

It would also be a good gesture if the proposed bill included language that Congress and the President would not receive back pay.

Thu, Jan 31, 2019

When the government shutdown results, the best thing too happen is the entire resignation of elected officials who caused the problem.

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