Skip to comments.Senators introduce bill to withhold congressional pay during shutdown
Posted on 01/22/2018 7:05:44 AM PST by COBOL2Java
Though federal employees wont 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.).
Its 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.
Theres no good reason why Members should receive pay during a #shutdown while fed employees suffer.
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The GOP should OK but you dont get your money after the shutdown is over ,LOL
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.
Big deal! Like that is going to hurt them. They are all millionaires anyway.
Just a coincidence I am sure. All Senators from states that Trump won last election.
So you really think they're going to actually pass this? I mean, if it won't hurt, it doesn't matter, right?
It should also bar bribes, kickbacks and ‘gratuities’.
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.
No pay for them, permanently.
That’s 10 donkeys. They could just vote to break the filibuster instead
Claire was grandstanding her head off, with an Oscar-worthy performance on the senate floor about how members of the military must get paid.
how will nancypelosi fly home then?
Unconstitutional. See Article I, Section 6.
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.
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?
What a joke, most of their money comes under the table or from stock trades that are illegal for us.
Watching the Democrat Wing of the Republican Party on Faux Snooze right now. Fluckin’ Flake, Grahamnesty, Shakey Collins! Worthless POS’s!
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