Rep. Ralph Norman Introduces Amendment Stopping Pay for Members of Congress During Government Shutdowns
Representative Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) has introduced a Constitutional amendment that would prevent members of Congress from getting paid during a government shutdown.
Norman released the following statement:
Today, I took a step to bring common-sense back to the federal government – I introduced a constitutional amendment that would prevent Members of Congress from getting paid during a government shutdown.
“It’s shocking to me that this is even an issue, where else in America would employees get paid for failing to do their jobs. Members have a Constitutional duty to keep the government open and funded. As it stands now, Members of Congress still receive their paycheck, even when they cannot keep the government running. This just is not right.
It is time to bring a dose of reality to the swamp. If we cannot do our jobs, then we do not deserve to get paid, plain and simple. It does not count to delay pay or get back pay as is the case with government employees. In the event of a shut-down we have failed the American people, and therefore have not earned our pay.
Maybe the threat of losing of money will incentivize Representatives and Senators to return to regular order. I am willing to take whatever steps are necessary to bring accountability and common-sense back to the way our government operates.
The amendment has several co-sponsors, including Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Kevin Hern (R-OK), Bill Posey (R-FL), Pete Olson (R-TX), and John Curtis (R-UT).
The government has been partially shut down since President Donald Trump opted not to sign a stopgap funding bill that would have averted a shutdown altogether. The president has been embroiled in a tug-of-war with Congress over funding for his proposed border wall, asking for $5 billion. Congress refused to allocate the funds.