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    Pay During Government Shutdown

    Should Congressmen be paid if/when Congress shuts down?

    Senators say Congress, president should ‘feel the pain’ of a shutdown – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs

    The specter of a government shutdown has been hanging over the current debate on a government spending bill. The funding measure expires March 4th, and if the two parties can't come to an agreement on spending cuts before then, a short term measure to keep the government running would need to pass to avoid a government shutdown.
    Members of Congress and the president fall under mandatory spending and their paychecks would not be affected in the case of a shutdown, according to Sens. Boxer and Casey. Under their proposal, that loophole would close. Additionally, the legislation would not allow back pay for lawmakers and the president for any days worked during a shutdown.
    "If the government is forced to shut down, members of Congress and the president should be treated the same way as all other federal employees," said Sen. Boxer. "We should not be paid, and to take it one step further, we should not be paid retroactively once the government reopens."

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    Re: Pay During Government Shutdown

    Quote Originally Posted by Krhazy View Post
    No. In fact, congress shouldn't be paid until the government is not running a debt.
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    Re: Pay During Government Shutdown

    Quote Originally Posted by ksu_aviator View Post
    No. In fact, congress shouldn't be paid until the government is not running a debt.

    Wow! Now that makes a lot of sense.



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    Re: Pay During Government Shutdown

    Quote Originally Posted by Krhazy View Post
    Hell no we shouldn't pay them.
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    Re: Pay During Government Shutdown

    How about a 3rd choice instead of just YES / NO? Like..... "other".
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    Re: Pay During Government Shutdown

    Quote Originally Posted by Krhazy View Post
    Just because the Congress is closed doesn't mean that Congressmen are not doing the work that they are elected to do. They have other responsibilities in their respective states that they must do also.

    But I do agree with ksu_aviator.
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    Re: Pay During Government Shutdown

    Quote Originally Posted by ksu_aviator View Post
    No. In fact, congress shouldn't be paid until the government is not running a debt.
    Yes, a government that cant do anything. At all. And immediate implementation of absolute anarchy.

    6th Grade, bro. Civics.

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    Re: Pay During Government Shutdown

    Quote Originally Posted by Krhazy View Post
    So as the law still stands, they would be paid if the government is shut down????

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    Re: Pay During Government Shutdown

    I say, don't pay them, but only the ones that are shutting it down. You can't blame the ones that are trying to keep it going for the obtuseness of a few!



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    Re: Pay During Government Shutdown

    Yes, lets freeze their pay and then gawk when they ram some half-assed decision through just so they can be done.
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