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senate Bill S. 2327

Should Members of Congress Have Their Pay Withheld During a Gov’t Shutdown?

Argument in favor

If members of Congress can’t do their job and keep the government funded, they shouldn’t get paid for as long as the government is shutdown — it’s that simple.

Daniel's Opinion
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01/22/2018
If you can’t do your job right, why should we pay you?
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Dennis's Opinion
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01/22/2018
They are the ones creating the problem. Why should they get paid. Maybe they would be more concerned about the American citizen if they knew they would not get paidm
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IllWill's Opinion
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01/22/2018
Members of Congress are already paid a very handsome salary of $174,000. If they can’t keep the government completely open then they shouldn’t be paid during the shutdown. It would also give them a strong incentive to work together to ensure the government doesn’t shut down in the first place.
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Argument opposed

Withholding the paychecks belonging to all members of Congress during a government shutdown would cause undue hardship on them and their families.

KingWes's Opinion
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01/22/2018
Why do they deserve to be paid and others who work for the government do not? Not fair. Also, what about the members of our military? If they can’t get paid to protect our freedom, why should people who sit behind desks, golf, and lie for a living get paid?
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Emilia's Opinion
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01/22/2018
If the soldiers pay got blocked than there is no reason for them to get paid either.
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Zane's Opinion
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01/22/2018
If we withhold their pay, how can we hold them accountable to bring us out of a shutdown? It may sound like punishment, but they’re elected officials, who require support from constituents who may be out of work, because of Congress’s decision(s). If they want to be re-elected, they’ll make sure to get us out of a shutdown.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 19th, 2018

What is Senate Bill S. 2327?

This bill would withhold the pay of members of Congress during any period in which there’s a lapse in funding that results in a government shutdown. If enacted it would take effect beginning with the 116th Congress in 2019, as the 27th Amendment prohibits a Congress (in this case the 115th) from raising or lowering its own pay.

Impact

Members of Congress.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 2327

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) introduced this bill to withhold the pay of members of Congress during a government shutdown:

“Hard working North Dakotans like our farmers and ranchers do everything they can to support their families and make ends meet. If they don’t get the job done in the field, they don’t get paid, and the same should be true for their representatives in Congress. If members of Congress can’t fulfill their basic duty to keep government open and provide the essential services Americans depend on, then they don’t deserve their paychecks. Period.”

This legislation is cosponsored by nine cosponsors in the Senate, all of whom are Democrats.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Mobilus In Mobili / Creative Commons)

AKA

No Government No Pay Act of 2018

Official Title

A bill to prohibit paying Members of Congress during periods during which a Government shutdown is in effect, and for other purposes.

    If you can’t do your job right, why should we pay you?
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    Why do they deserve to be paid and others who work for the government do not? Not fair. Also, what about the members of our military? If they can’t get paid to protect our freedom, why should people who sit behind desks, golf, and lie for a living get paid?
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    They are the ones creating the problem. Why should they get paid. Maybe they would be more concerned about the American citizen if they knew they would not get paidm
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    Members of Congress are already paid a very handsome salary of $174,000. If they can’t keep the government completely open then they shouldn’t be paid during the shutdown. It would also give them a strong incentive to work together to ensure the government doesn’t shut down in the first place.
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    HELL, YES. Shouldn't even be a question.
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    Absolutely. When it’s other people’s money and pain, they have no incentive to perform their responsibilities. They also should not get reimbursed for expenses during a shutdown, but they all should be obligated to work until the shutdown is over.
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    Congress should have the same retirement plan as the rest of us: social security. If they do not perform their jobs, their pay should be docked. If they receive special interest money like Paul Ryan’s $500,000 from the Koch brothers, they should be investigated on corruption charges.
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    I am 62 and want to still believe in government. I have voted both R And D. But I have come to the conclusion D is the better party. R should take a stand against how this president is destroying America as I believed it to be. I am against the wall. I believe trump wants to keep us in as much as keep others out. Why can you not tax people until they get citizenship! No one should have to live in fear if they are hard working and following the rules!!!! Also Gitmo is our real disgrace Thanks for opportunity to have a voice!
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    I don’t know of a poor Senator or Congressman. Fine them each 10K a day until they come up with a budget.
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    Not only should your pay be withheld, you shouldn't receive back pay when the government starts back up. Do your jobs. #PassABudget
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    I feel that if you threaten to withhold our military personnel benefits and pay, and you call it a government shutdown then NO ONE in government should be paid.
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    Why in the H*** not? They are creating it, they should experience it. It won't hurt most of them much anyway, but it would sure make the rest of us feel a whole lot better. We could all use a little more of that, couldn't we?
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    If the soldiers pay got blocked than there is no reason for them to get paid either.
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    Not only that, but in order to incentivize them to keep the government open, they should have their assets frozen by federal authorities.
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    Absolutely! Why should they (non-essentials) get pd when other non-essential gov. workers aren't getting pd. They're all wealthy anyway. It's the common worker who's hurting. Congress missing a payck or 2 wouldn't bankrupt them. They need to know what it feels like & remember that theu are supposed to be representing "we the people," something they all have forgotten!
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    We don’t get what we need, you don’t get what you need. It’s that simple.
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    i am looking forward to voting obstructionists out of office in november.
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    If they can't do their job then they shouldn't get paid
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    I like the concept but I’d amend it - 1 day of shut down - 25%, 2 days - 50%, and so on and then after 4 days they start owing the tax payers - maybe treat it like credit card interest?
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    They aren’t doing their job and are the reason the government is shutdown.
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