As the deadline for an agreement on a spending bill approaches, lawmakers do not seem to be any closer to reaching an agreement on immigration in order to keep the government up and running. Therefore, at midnight on Friday, the government will likely shut down.
The Republicans are blaming the Democrats for the shutdown even though they control both Congress and The White House. The GOP blames the Democrats for failing to find a solution on DACA while providing funding for President Trump’s border wall. The Democrats blame Trump’s failure to budge on the wall and his racist remarks during a meeting on immigration last week for the failure to come to an agreement. Meanwhile, the firefighters in Califonia don’t get paid if the government shuts down. It’s tribalism at its worst and it hurts the American taxpayer.
Therefore, some feel that this just isn’t fair to the taxpayers, who actually pay the salaries of the lawmakers they elect to represent them. When lawmakers do not agree and choose politics over policy, everyone suffers. But do lawmakers really suffer? After all, they are still getting paid.
But five Democratic senators from states have introduced legislation to suspend the salaries from members of Congress in the event of a government shutdown.
Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Jon Tester (Mont.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.) announced the bill on Friday.
Heitkamp explained the legislation best in a statement. “If members of Congress can’t fulfill their basic duty to keep the government open and provide the essential services Americans depend on, then they don’t deserve their paychecks,” she insisted.
I'll give up my paycheck if the government shuts down.
I'm sending a letter to the House Chief Administrative Office asking that my pay be withheld in the event of a shutdown. The people I represent wouldn't get paid if they didn't do their job – and neither should Congress. pic.twitter.com/SRBKwuBVyq
— Sean Patrick Maloney (@RepSeanMaloney) January 19, 2018
Members of Congress shouldn't collect a salary while thousands of government employees are furloughed without pay. I’ll return my salary for every day the government is shut down because it's the right thing to do. #FlaPol
— Rep Stephanie Murphy (@RepStephMurphy) January 19, 2018
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