When an employee doesn't perform the basic duties of their job, they are let go. Suspending pay checks doesn't seem too harsh, comparatively. Congress doesn't need to play games and pass legislation/budgets based on pseudo crisis, as is a popular technique. Anything that will motivate straight forward behavior in this area is a great idea. As my congressman reading this note, if may sound like I'm being harsh against you, but I assure you that this is not harsh at all.