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Daines Introduces Bill Withholding Pay From Congressmen During Government Shutdowns, Others Join

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Republican Montana Sen. Steve Daines introduced a bill on the Senate floor Thursday that would withhold the pay of members of Congress during future government shutdowns.

Daines’s introduction of the bill, sponsored by Republican Texas Sen. John Cornyn, comes hours after Daines announced he sent a letter requesting the secretary of the U.S. Senate withhold his pay during the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government.

“Members of Congress are sent to Washington, D.C., to represent the great people of their state and keep the federal government open, working and funded. So it’s simple. If they can’t do that, they shouldn’t get paid. No work, no pay,” Daines told The Daily Caller News Foundation after the bill was introduced.

The “No Work, No Pay Act,” introduced by Daines, would make it so members of Congress would not be paid if they cannot keep the government funded.

His move to not accept pay was followed by many of his colleagues, such as Cornyn, who said he was excited to join Daines in co-sponsoring the bill. He echoed Daines’s message that members of Congress should not be paid while government agencies are shut down.

Pleased to join my friend Senator Steve Daines of Montana and cosponsor his “No Government No Pay Act of 2019.” Congress shouldn’t get paychecks during a shutdown while honorable federal government employees are denied theirs for no good reason.

— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) January 10, 2019

“The senator is very hopeful his colleagues will follow suit as this is a very important issue in bringing accountability to Washington, D.C.,” Daines’s Deputy Communications Director Katie Schoettler told TheDCNF.

In the House, a similar bill was introduced by Republican Utah Rep. John Curtis, which would make it unlawful to pay U.S. senators and representatives during government shutdowns.

Republican Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw also announced Thursday he would refuse to be paid until the government is open, saying he asked the Chief Administrative Officer to withhold his pay until both sides can come to an agreement on border security.

“Democrats aren’t the only people who want this shutdown to end. Republicans have tried to compromise, but Democrats won’t come to the table and negotiate in good faith. I cannot let federal employees take the fall for Democrats’ grandstanding, so I am withholding my pay until this partial shutdown ends,” Crenshaw told TheDCNF.

I cannot in good conscience get paid while federal employees’ financial futures hang in the balance because of this partial government shutdown. I’ve asked the Chief Administrative Officer to withhold my pay until we have come to an agreement to adequately fund border security. pic.twitter.com/2g37vAAtx2

— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) January 10, 2019

Republican Indiana Rep. Greg Pence, another freshman congressman, released a video Thursday, saying he too would not accept his pay until they secure the southern border, echoing President Donald Trump’s message. Trump traveled to the southern border to meet with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Officials.

Pence campaigned on fighting the opioid crisis plaguing the country, something he considers a top priority and not a partisan issue.

“We are facing a serious opioid crisis and it seems that some Democrats refuse to acknowledge this,” Pence told TheDCNF Thursday afternoon. “It’s important that we work to solve the crisis, which includes securing our border. Hancock County for example, had 50 overdose deaths between 2014-2017, and in 29 of the cases, opioids were found. This isn’t a partisan issue.”

WATCH:

Despite the shutdown, members of Congress continue to receive pay. I’m suspending my pay until Congress does its job. I was sent to Washington to secure the border and make government work. I support the president’s proposal to secure the border and it’s time for Congress to act. pic.twitter.com/3ywjBbuqvo

— Rep. Greg Pence (@RepGregPence) January 10, 2019

As the government entered it’s 19th day of a partial shutdown Wednesday, five Republican lawmakers, Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs, North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, Indiana Rep. Susan Brooks, Colorado Rep. Scott Tipton and Virginia Rep. Morgan Griffith, introduced legislation that would require federal workers be paid during the partial shutdown.

“While Democrats continue to play politics with border security, federal employees dedicated to their mission of keeping America safe and our border secure are still going to work knowing they will be missing their paychecks,” Gibbs said in a Wednesday statement.

Trump was on Capitol Hill Wednesday meeting with Republican senators to discuss the shutdown and border wall funding. After the meeting, he said Republicans were “unified.”

The president also warned Democrats that he may declare a national emergency if they can not come to an agreement soon.

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Very noble. And an act that restores my faith in our representatives.

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Reading the RSS post i am not reading they will not be paid only reading  they have to wait. Am i reading correctly pack pay will be there?  IF congress did their job there would be no shut down.. Like Hollywood congress thinks they are too important. 

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2 hours ago, Becky said:

Reading the RSS post i am not reading they will not be paid only reading  they have to wait. Am i reading correctly pack pay will be there?  IF congress did their job there would be no shut down.. Like Hollywood congress thinks they are too important. 

That goes for non essential employees at the moment too. They will be paid if they work eventually when the government reopens the non essential departments.

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How essential is congress?  

 

Remembering when Calif legislators were part time California was much better off. 

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2 minutes ago, Becky said:

How essential is congress?  

 

Remembering when Calif legislators were part time California was much better off. 

Congress used to be part-time as well if I am not mistaken. They only met when necessary. Isn't that right? Can someone check that?

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Now when I was a kid I remember we were taught that many representatives of The People didn't believe such documents as the bill of rights were necessary. Anti-federalist however refused to negotiate this point and "compelled" the representatives to convene and limit the powers of the Constitution and government in the bill of rights. By compulsion, I was told representatives were forced at gun point by The People locking the representatives into a building until they agreed.

 

Gotta love our history.

 

Unfortunately, over the decades when fact checking this curriculum which was taught I've noticed it has become scarcer and scarcer and difficult to find.

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They dont 'serve' they take. .. the GIs , police and firemen serve. 

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23 minutes ago, Becky said:

They dont 'serve' they take. .. the GIs , police and firemen serve. 

I would say that is true for some, not all. I have personal friends in Congress.

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That would be true @davidtaylorjr along with not all GIs, police and firemen serve.  Another reminder not to speak in generalities . 

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