By J. Smith
Under current law, if the government were to be shutdown, every government employee would suffer financially except for the President and Congress. Lawmakers recently approved a stop-gap measure to keep the doors of government open for another two weeks, but if amends over the budget are not made in time, no federal employees would collect pay checks except for the those lawmakers. Their salaries are paid with mandatory and not appropriated spending.
In an unusual turn of events, Congress recognized how ridiculous this was, and unanimously passed a bill last week stipulating that the president and members of Congress would not be paid if the government shuts down over a spending impasse or if the country exceeds its debt limit, Politics Daily reports.
Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California, who sponsored the bill had this to say, “They shouldn’t get their pay and they shouldn’t get retroactive pay because this is a very basic responsibility that we have to keep the government running.” Amen, sister.
The President earns $400,000 annually and members of Congress collect $174,000 per year.