Bills would freeze the pay of Congress members during shutdowns
As the partial shutdown of the U.S. government nears record length, two Texas members of Congress are backing bills that would stop their own pay during any government shutdown.
On Wednesday, Texas Sen. John Cornyn tweeted he will cosponsor a bill that would withhold the pay of all members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives for the duration of the government shutdown, though the legislation would expire at the end of 2020. The bill, sponsored by Montana Republican Steve Daines, is known as the “No Work, No Pay Act,” and is one of a handful of bills and resolutions that would reduce or block Congressional salaries amid government shutdowns.
Currently, lawmakers are among the federal employees who can continue to draw their pay during a shutdown.
“Congress shouldn’t get paychecks during a shutdown while honorable federal government employees are denied theirs for no good reason,” Cornyn tweeted Wednesday.
Rep. Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land, is going a step further than Cornyn by cosponsoring a joint resolution to amend the U.S. Constitution so that all congressional salaries would be withheld for the duration of any full or partial government shutdown. Olson said in a statement he has also requested his own pay be withheld for the duration of the current shutdown.
The surge in legislation that would block the pay of U.S. representatives and senators comes with no resolution in sight to the impasse between Democrats and President Donald Trump over funding for a border wall. Thursday was the 20th day of the shutdown. The record is 21 days, set during the Clinton administration.