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house Bill H. Joint Res. 18

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.

Lisa's Opinion
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01/12/2019
Don’t stop there.....no income for the President. Freeze his accounts and those of his family who work with him.
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Lauren's Opinion
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01/12/2019
If you make the mess, then you suffer the consequences. Simple. It should start now.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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01/12/2019
👍🏻 Agreed........ NO WORK -Senators/Representatives - NO PAY. 👍🏻 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....... 🙀👍🏻👍🏻🙀. 1*12*19..........
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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..

Ray's Opinion
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01/12/2019
Absolutely not. What this proposal means is that the president can effectively punish the other equal branch of the government that has the constitutional purse power whenever he or she wants even if they had nothing to do with it. Consider the current situation we are facing today, our tv president wants to have a wall and because the congress doesn’t believe it’s the right priority at this time, we have a government shutdown. In the mean time, the Congress is not effected by the shutdown and continues to work.
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RjGoodman's Opinion
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01/12/2019
No, this is an interesting dilemma. While I feel like they should not be paid, it runs counter to another goal of mine; to get more legislators who are not from the top 1%. I would not want legislators making decisions based on their finances. We have to get our Legislature and President to understand that we expect budgets are to be approved prior to the end of the fiscal year.
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Joshua's Opinion
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01/12/2019
If we're going to go as far as trying to amend the Constitution, I'd rather go for a change to the budget process that prevents the possibility of shutdowns, rather than just penalizing Congress for allowing them to happen.
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      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2019
    Don’t stop there.....no income for the President. Freeze his accounts and those of his family who work with him.
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    Absolutely not. What this proposal means is that the president can effectively punish the other equal branch of the government that has the constitutional purse power whenever he or she wants even if they had nothing to do with it. Consider the current situation we are facing today, our tv president wants to have a wall and because the congress doesn’t believe it’s the right priority at this time, we have a government shutdown. In the mean time, the Congress is not effected by the shutdown and continues to work.
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    If you make the mess, then you suffer the consequences. Simple. It should start now.
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    👍🏻 Agreed........ NO WORK -Senators/Representatives - NO PAY. 👍🏻 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....... 🙀👍🏻👍🏻🙀. 1*12*19..........
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    Yes and the White House. Are they not federal employees elected by we the people and payed by we the people. The answer is yes. Also they should be charge for the shutdown personally. If Obama did this the republicans would be in an uproar. Impeachment would have been done in the first year. I watched a federal employee on tv saying he voted for trump, but was not sure about him now, you think? Another uninformed person the only watch Fox fake news, Rush L and Sinclair. He said Trump done a lot, for himself, nothing for the American people.
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    The constitution should prohibit shut downs. At least this wsy congress wouldn't have the option of not doing their job.
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    No, this is an interesting dilemma. While I feel like they should not be paid, it runs counter to another goal of mine; to get more legislators who are not from the top 1%. I would not want legislators making decisions based on their finances. We have to get our Legislature and President to understand that we expect budgets are to be approved prior to the end of the fiscal year.
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    If any part of our government shuts down then our elected leaders should not receive pay either. Our leaders are supposed to represent us and therefore should be treated the same when these decisions are made.
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    Yes. It should also prevent Congress from authorizing any back payments missed as part of a shut down. And it should prevent our government being able to vote itself a credit limit increase. And it should require a balanced budget.
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    Light a fire under their a$$es!
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    Congress will never vote for this. The only way it will happen is for the people to demand a convention of states to amend the constitution. Sign the petition at ConventionOfStates.com
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    This is a weirdly worded question, as this is a bill. Bills can’t change the constitution. Only a constitutional convention can do that. Still, the premise is great and should have been done a long time ago. Why the hell are greedy corporate-bought politicians getting paid (and still have .01% healthcare and other benefits) when 80,000 people who live paycheck-to-paycheck suddenly have no money and no time to go look for other jobs to fill in because they’re expected to work. Last time I checked, working for free when you should be paid is called slavery.
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    This needs to further . The amendment should move the United States Federal elected offices to publicly funded eliminating the corruption of money , limit what benefits they receive , and limit lobbying activities by former federal officials ..
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    Yes if workers aren’t paid, Congress should not be Paid either!
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    If we're going to go as far as trying to amend the Constitution, I'd rather go for a change to the budget process that prevents the possibility of shutdowns, rather than just penalizing Congress for allowing them to happen.
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    Absolutely
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    It will be the incentive our representatives need in order to work together to get things done versus taking off Thursday night to begin a three day weekend!
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    If Congress can’t keep the government running, they should not be paid. Our elected officials work for us, not the other way around. If they fail at keeping the government running, why are they still getting paid?
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    Congress is supposed to govern, making things better for U. S. A. and it’s citizens, including “provide for the general welfare”. So if they can’t seem to do what they were sent to Washington to do, no production, NO PAY !!!
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    If hundreds of thousands of people can be forced to work without pay during a shutdown then congress should be a part of that. And Congress SHOULDN’T be eligible for backpay; maybe that would light a fire and incentivize them to actually do their jobs in the first place.
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