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Senators introduce bill to withhold congressional pay during shutdown
Federal News Radio ^ | January 21, 2018 2:31 pm | Nicole Ogrysko @nogryskoWFED

Posted on 01/22/2018 7:05:44 AM PST by COBOL2Java

Though federal employees won’t get a paycheck during the governmment shutdown, members of Congress will — unless they specify otherwise.

Ten Democratic senators on Friday introduced a bill that would withhold pay for members of Congress during the government shutdown.

The legislation comes from Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), along with Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Ranking Member Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.).

“It’s wrong that members of Congress would still get paid in the event of a shutdown while paychecks for members of our military could be disrupted,” Stabenow said in a statement. “This bill ensures members of Congress will not get paid and another bill I have cosponsored makes sure our troops will. Even if these bills do not pass, I will donate my salary for every single day a shutdown occurs.”

Several members of Congress have also announced individual plans to withhold their pay.

“I have been informed that despite a lapse of appropriations and current government shutdown, under current law, members of Congress would continue to receive their salary,” Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) wrote Friday in a letter to the House chief administrative officer. “Since I do not agree with that policy, please withhold my pay until an appropriations agreement has taken effect.

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) also said he would withhold his pay, while Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) said that he would donate his pay to the Mercy Health Clinic in Maryland.

There’s no good reason why Members should receive pay during a #shutdown while fed employees suffer.

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1 posted on 01/22/2018 7:05:44 AM PST by COBOL2Java
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To: COBOL2Java

GOOD!


2 posted on 01/22/2018 7:08:08 AM PST by metmom ( ...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith..)
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To: COBOL2Java

The GOP should OK but you dont get your money after the shutdown is over ,LOL


3 posted on 01/22/2018 7:08:19 AM PST by butlerweave
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To: COBOL2Java

Claire, you’re killing me with your election year grandstanding!!
It’s not the least bit phony or obvious. Good to know just another Dim multimillionaire can do without a paycheck or two.


4 posted on 01/22/2018 7:09:05 AM PST by GnuThere
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To: COBOL2Java

Big deal! Like that is going to hurt them. They are all millionaires anyway.


5 posted on 01/22/2018 7:09:54 AM PST by Deo et patriae (Make America Great again!)
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To: COBOL2Java

Kabuki theater


6 posted on 01/22/2018 7:10:31 AM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60's....You weren't really there)
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To: COBOL2Java

Just a coincidence I am sure. All Senators from states that Trump won last election.


7 posted on 01/22/2018 7:10:56 AM PST by kempster
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To: Deo et patriae
Big deal! Like that is going to hurt them. They are all millionaires anyway.

So you really think they're going to actually pass this? I mean, if it won't hurt, it doesn't matter, right?

8 posted on 01/22/2018 7:11:47 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Arguing with the left is like trying to reason with a crazy bum hearing voices)
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To: COBOL2Java

It should also bar bribes, kickbacks and ‘gratuities’.


9 posted on 01/22/2018 7:12:03 AM PST by Spok ("What're you going to believe-me or your own eyes?" -Marx (Groucho))
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To: COBOL2Java

It’s a fine gesture, but do you think Pelosi or Feinstein or McConnell care about their piddling Congressional salaries. The folks it hurts are the new guys who aren’t responsible for this mess in the first place, except maybe cravenly going along with their leadership. In that they are just humans and we are after all a heard animal.


10 posted on 01/22/2018 7:12:20 AM PST by AndyJackson
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To: COBOL2Java

No pay for them, permanently.


11 posted on 01/22/2018 7:12:40 AM PST by onedoug
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That’s 10 donkeys. They could just vote to break the filibuster instead


12 posted on 01/22/2018 7:15:19 AM PST by MountainWalker
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To: GnuThere

Claire was grandstanding her head off, with an Oscar-worthy performance on the senate floor about how members of the military must get paid.


13 posted on 01/22/2018 7:15:25 AM PST by simpson96
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To: COBOL2Java

how will nancypelosi fly home then?


14 posted on 01/22/2018 7:16:52 AM PST by barbarianbabs
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To: onedoug
No pay for them, permanently.

Unconstitutional. See Article I, Section 6.

15 posted on 01/22/2018 7:17:41 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Arguing with the left is like trying to reason with a crazy bum hearing voices)
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27th amendment to the Constitution protects against that. The pay for a congress-critter cannot be changed until after an election. The current House or Senate can vote to change the pay structure for congress AFTER this coming November’s election, not now.


16 posted on 01/22/2018 7:18:21 AM PST by USCG SimTech
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To: COBOL2Java

How do they have time to conceive of this bill, coordinate all these senators and write and introduce the bill, but not figure out a way to end the shutdown itself?


17 posted on 01/22/2018 7:18:54 AM PST by PilotDave (No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!)
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To: COBOL2Java

What a joke, most of their money comes under the table or from stock trades that are illegal for us.


18 posted on 01/22/2018 7:19:04 AM PST by DungeonMaster (Goblins, Orcs and the Undead: Metaphors for the godless left.)
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To: COBOL2Java

Watching the Democrat Wing of the Republican Party on Faux Snooze right now. Fluckin’ Flake, Grahamnesty, Shakey Collins! Worthless POS’s!


19 posted on 01/22/2018 7:19:12 AM PST by Road Warrior 04 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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means NOTHING!!! they can afford to wait it out... DOCK THEIR PAY and see how long it takes.
20 posted on 01/22/2018 7:19:52 AM PST by Chode (You have all of the resources you are going to have. Abandon your illusions and plan accordingly.)
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