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How Congress Will Still Get Paid in a Government Shutdown

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Shutdown or no shutdown, members of Congress aren't worried about their own finances this week. Patricia Murphy on how the 27th Amendment protects the salaries of the House and Senate.

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David C (25)
Monday September 30, 2013, 1:37 pm
time is overdue to just get rid of this "government"
apply tar+feathers and run them out off this planet !


Lois Jordan (63)
Monday September 30, 2013, 6:00 pm
Noted. Congressional approval is at 10%.....must be their families & donors. Well, I'm getting requests in my email from members of Congress all over the country for $3 or $5. They're not getting one red cent from me. Lip service seems to be their game, and I'm not playing.

Vallee R (280)
Monday September 30, 2013, 6:56 pm
We need more than a handful that won't accept payment if the government shuts down -

Jason S (50)
Monday September 30, 2013, 8:07 pm
Good posting, thanks

Linda Moore (240)
Monday September 30, 2013, 8:25 pm
Not surprised one bit ...

Roseann d (178)
Monday September 30, 2013, 11:46 pm
Maybe the people who make the autodeposits should not show up. Remember, Congress hates Gov employees...apparently the GOP are too evil to take a look in the mirror lately. Oh right...they work for corporations. NOT you and me.

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Monday September 30, 2013, 11:55 pm

Past Member (0)
Monday September 30, 2013, 11:57 pm

Gloria p (304)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 3:46 am
I am so angry I just want to drop dead.

Walker E (45)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 4:47 am
Wall Street is the lord and master in Washington. It doesn't matter whether they call themselves republicans or democrats, they all have the same overlord. We live in a plutocracy and once the rich have their way, they will go off to the next country and leave the US for dead.

. (0)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 7:26 am
Not surprised about this. Thanks for sharing, Carrie.

Lona Goudswaard (80)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 8:26 am
They only know how to take care of themselves.

DORIS L (61)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 9:45 am
It's not right at all that Congress is not affected by the havoc they reap on the rest of us. Time for THEM to not get paid.

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 9:52 am
They make $174,000 a year - the average worth for a Congressional person is $966,000. Think they care about the peons? And yet....if their paychecks were somehow stopped, you can bet they'd be voting in a hurry.

cheryl deering (25)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 11:07 am
There are Bills being presented to stop the congressional paychecks, call your representatives now...make noise where they can hear it. I know Tom Reeds office has put three proposals out to stop the paychecks until they do their jobs, not sure of others out there.

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 2:55 pm
Yes Ros, and just look at how popular Clinton STILL is! The GOP will never learn.

Kathleen R (138)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 5:06 pm
I am sicken by all the politicians. Plus I am damn tired of all the email I receive asking for donations. Every week it is touch and go if I have shelter,utilities and food. I haven't seen health care for more than 4 years.

Sheila D (194)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 7:00 pm
Haven't met a GOPTP who was essential...wait, never met any GOPTP. Have met a few Democrats over the years...not quite certain they'd be essential if there were no GOPTP. The taxpayers need to impress upon all those who let the government shut down that they need not show up for work, need not pass GO - and definitely need not get paid for doing nothing. Absolutely NO Special Sessions allowed either!

Lindsey O (19)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 7:54 pm
Very true - Constitutionally members of Congress have to get paid. And since it's a Constitutional requirement it's not something that can be overriden. I think the Constitution needs to be amended to require only that members of Congress can't do anything to increase their own pay - but to allow them to decrease or forego it when needed. However since we can't amend the Constitution overnight (and I rather doubt we'd ever get Congress to muster the required percentage of votes for such an amendment to be sent to the states to ratify) we're stuck with it.

Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 9:47 pm
... the 27th Amendment to the Constitution specifically stipulates that the salaries of the House and Senate cannot change until a congressional election has come and gone. ... The 27th Amendment was originally hatched by the Founding Fathers and ratified in 1992 to prevent senators and House members from boosting their own salaries before an election. ..."

Amazing how free and easy the Congress is with everybody else's money knowing that their salaries are not on the line. I applaud those that feel that accepting their salary in the circumstances of a Congress initiated government shutdown is not right. That is a moral and correct stance.

The 27th amendment was designed to prevent abuse in the raising of salaries, but there does not appear to be any wording that covers the situation that currently grips the US. Instead, all I hear is 'Congressional salaries are set and nothing can change that.' It is time that the 27 amendment be amended. Following are direct links to 2 petitions. While neither is written in legalese befitting the Constitution, the ideas are clear. And although there are no standard rules regarding being paid after the end of the shutdown, there should be a standard mechanism for federal workers so that their lives are not totally at the whim of the Congress.

"Although service members and other federal workers have been paid retroactively after past shutdowns, the House and Senate would have to approve the back pay, which is not guaranteed."

Alan Lambert has a petition to Amend the 27th Amendment

Michael McTernan has another petition Demand a Pay Freeze For Congress During the Government Shutdown for your signature.

cheryl deering (25)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 9:58 pm
Thank You Lynn for sharing the links. signed both, hope all did.

Pogle S (88)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 11:57 pm
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