There is a reason that congressional pay is constitutionally protected. There was a legitimate fear that unpaid legislators or those whose pay was beholden to some other entity would be more susceptible to bribery and the like.
Our representatives’ job is not simply to pass a budget, any budget. We want them to pass a good budget. Not to financially twist their arm into voting for a budget they disagree with.
This proposal, while symbolically pleasing, is unlikely to have any positive impacts on the budget process.
What plagues our budget setting process is how much of our spending is on auto-pilot where operations and expenditures are expected to continue even in a “shutdown”, how much of our spending is considered untouchable by one or both major parties, and by the federal government’s expansive role in matters beyond its constitutional responsibilities—not congressional pay.
I ask our representatives to spend time addressing those real problems instead.