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Stop congress pay during a government shut down, yes?

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan is cosponsoring legislation that would keep members of Congress from being paid in the event of a government shutdown.

Stabenow, a Democrat, said with a potential shutdown looming, it's not fair that U.S. senators and representatives would continue to be paid while many others federal government workers would not.

"It's very important that members of Congress be held accountable," she said.

Stabenow has signed onto the bill which is being offered by Barbara Boxer of California, but in recent days, majority Democrats in the Senate and majority Republican in the House have reportedly moved closer to a deal that could -- for two weeks at least -- forestall a government shutdown.

No budget for the current fiscal year has been passed as yet, and since last October, the government has operated under what's called a continuing resolution that continues to fund government at last year's levels. The most recent continuing resolution or "C.R." expires Friday.

A shutdown had been widely predicted but it appeared a two-week extension might be in the offing with House Republicans suggesting some $4 billion in cuts over that time. Many of those cuts had already been incorporated into President Barack Obama's plans for the next fiscal year, meaning Democrats might have a hard time balking at them.

But it still means a shutdown could be waiting government by mid-March. If that happens, personnel deemed non-essential would be sent home, national parks would likely close and processing of new federal benefits and forms -- think new Social Security benefits, passport applications and more -- are likely to be slowed or stopped altogether.

A 21-day shutdown in 1995-95 was the longest in history.

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 10:14 AM on Mar. 9, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Sounds fair to me.

    Answer by May-20 at 10:16 AM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • They should also suspend their healthcare until we can get the same deal


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 10:32 AM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • Sure, that's a great idea. Though, so many of them are millionaires that it will not affect them like it will other government workers.

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 10:39 AM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • Sure.

    Do they get vacation or sick days? Cause it seems like they can just come and go as they please.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 10:58 AM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • Absolutely!!!! If the federal employees are not getting paid, then neither should the Washington Crew.

    Answer by foreverb3 at 11:59 AM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • Great idea !!!

    Answer by parrishsky at 3:47 PM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • I agree!

    My daughter works for TSA and was telling me if the government shuts down she will still have to work, but they won't get paychecks until the shutdown is over. They are "essential" employees, payroll is considered "non-essential" employees.

    Answer by DSamuels at 4:27 PM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • Of course!! The whole point is to reel in the spending...what better way than to cut their paychecks for a while!!

    Personally, I feel that ALL elected officials should be VOLUNTEER jobs! It will instantly weed out the smarmy characters, and keep those who actually want to help and make a difference to do so!! Since politicians are OWNED by their lobbyist groups and those who bought their elections for them, very few of them are actually able to implement their ideas or run the risk of offending the people who put them in there and their agendas!!

    Answer by LoriKeet at 6:35 PM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • The gov't won't 'shut down'. Most of the gov't runs on autopilot. There are a few 'nonessentials' that go on furlough. It isn't like all go home. I remember the shut down in '95. It was kind of anti-climatic.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 7:58 PM on Mar. 9, 2011

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