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house Bill H. Joint Res. 146

Should the Constitution Prohibit Congress From Getting Paid During Shutdowns?

Argument in favor

It’s unfair that members of Congress — whose job it is to run the government — can be paid during a government shutdown, when the government isn’t fully functioning because they’ve failed to do their jobs. Members shouldn’t be paid at all for days when the government is closed.

Jan's Opinion
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12/30/2018
No work no pay. Including the President of the US.
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Tom's Opinion
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12/30/2018
If Federal workers can’t paid then Congressional members should not get paid. The President also!
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Skylar's Opinion
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12/30/2018
Possibly, but only if the President also isn't paid during shutdowns.
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Argument opposed

Past efforts to amend the Constitution to not pay Congress during shutdowns have failed, and there’s no reason to think this attempt would be any more successful. Additionally, many members of Congress are independently wealthy, so this wouldn’t impact them..

David 's Opinion
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12/30/2018
The US Constitution should be amended ONLY for issues at the core of democracy. NOT procedural issues. Besides, an amendment would take a vote from Congress. They’re not likely to relinquish their paychecks. Not a single one.
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yelkin's Opinion
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12/30/2018
Let’s get real. We don’t need a Constitutional Amendment to prevent Congress from getting paid during a shutdown. We just need a law. But it should also prevent the President from being paid and ensure no funds are paid for travel for any Member of Congress or the President. Maybe also stop the payment of phone bills for the President and Congress and don’t use government funds to pay for food and utilities in the Capitol Building and White House.
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Kevin's Opinion
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12/30/2018
Denying pay for representatives can be used as a political tool to force them to make votes due to financial hardships Instead of the will of constituents. Add to that, they are not furloughed and continue to work during a shut down.
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    IntroducedDecember 21st, 2018
    No work no pay. Including the President of the US.
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    The US Constitution should be amended ONLY for issues at the core of democracy. NOT procedural issues. Besides, an amendment would take a vote from Congress. They’re not likely to relinquish their paychecks. Not a single one.
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    If Federal workers can’t paid then Congressional members should not get paid. The President also!
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    Possibly, but only if the President also isn't paid during shutdowns.
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    Why should innocent workers receive all the blame when supposedly knowledgeable people control their wages. Congress should lose their pay before anyone one else, especially when they play their asinine games.
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    IT’S LOGICAL FOLKS — ‘NO WORK = NO PAY’ This constitutional amendment would amend the U.S. Constitution to prohibit members of Congress from drawing pay during a government shutdown. Because the 27th Amendment forbids Congress from raising or lowering its pay, this bill would take effect during the Congress after its enactment, and would then be applied to each new Congress going forward. It’s unfair that members of Congress — whose job it is to run the government — can be paid during a government shutdown, when the government isn’t fully functioning because they’ve failed to do their jobs. Members shouldn’t be paid at all for days when the government is closed. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 12*29*18.....
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    Yes, Congress, the Senate, and the President should all have their wages furloughed during Shutdowns. It’s the fair thing to do.
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    Also amendment 28 should pass that prohibits congress and senator members from getting benefits beyond those of other Americans
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    Is this a trick question? Why can’t legislation make it happen? Do we really need a constitutional amendment?
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    Absolutely, including the president!
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    Congress should lose their pay before anyone else! No work no pay!!
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    It is summarily unfair for my reps and senators to still be paid while the government is shutdown. Restricting your pay while the government is shutdown will only spur you further to make a resolution to solve the shutdown whether that be overriding Trump’s effective veto (which you SHOULD consider his actions as doing) or creating a new budget that works.
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    Let’s get real. We don’t need a Constitutional Amendment to prevent Congress from getting paid during a shutdown. We just need a law. But it should also prevent the President from being paid and ensure no funds are paid for travel for any Member of Congress or the President. Maybe also stop the payment of phone bills for the President and Congress and don’t use government funds to pay for food and utilities in the Capitol Building and White House.
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    Congressional staffers, senators , representatives, White House staff and the president should not get paid during a shut down. They are no different than any other government employee!
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    If we’re going to talk amendments, then let’s talk about a balanced budget amendment and term limits. ConventionOfStates.com
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    Congress should not receive payment during “government shutdowns”. If you can’t pay other workers, you shouldn’t be paid either. Congress works for the people and I know most don’t think they should be paid if there isn’t progress being made.
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    If every other federal employee goes unpaid during a shutdown, Congress should too.
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    Denying pay for representatives can be used as a political tool to force them to make votes due to financial hardships Instead of the will of constituents. Add to that, they are not furloughed and continue to work during a shut down.
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    No work no pay - this includes the President who refuses to compromise but welcomes a government shut down as a tactic to get his way!
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    Trump donates his salary anyway so I don’t think he’ll mind... yes suspend congress’ pay until they come up with something
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