Five Democratic senators from states won by in the 2016 presidential election introduced legislation Friday to withhold pay from members of Congress in the event of a government shutdown.
Sens. (N.D.), (Mo.), (Mont.), (Mich.) and Joe Machine (W.V.) announced the bill Friday, hours ahead of a government funding deadline.
“If members of Congress can’t fulfill their basic duty to keep the government open and provide the essential services Americans depend on, then they don’t deserve their paychecks,” Heitkamp said in a statement. “Period.”
Stabenow echoed Heitkamp’s remarks in the statement and vowed to donate her salary in the event of a shutdown even if the bill doesn’t pass.
“It’s wrong that Members of Congress would still get paid in the event of a shutdown while paychecks for members of our military could be disrupted,” Stabenow said. “This bill ensures Members of Congress will not get paid and another bill I have cosponsored makes sure our troops will.”
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyTrump faces backlash over M Holocaust Museum cuts 12-term GOP rep gets Dem challenger in Florida MORE (D-Fla.) also vowed Friday to forgo their pay if the government shuts down.
I’ll give up my paycheck if the government shuts down.
I’m sending a letter to the House Chief Administrative Office asking that my pay be withheld in the event of a shutdown. The people I represent wouldn’t get paid if they didn’t do their job – and neither should Congress. pic.twitter.com/SRBKwuBVyq
– Sean Patrick Maloney (@RepSeanMaloney) January 19, 2018
Members of Congress shouldn’t collect a salary while thousands of government employees are furloughed without pay. I’ll return my salary for every day the government is shut down because it’s the right thing to do. #FlaPol
– Rep Stephanie Murphy (@RepStephMurphy) January 19, 2018
The announcement comes as Congress barrels towards the first government shutdown since 2013.
House Republicans a short-term government spending bill on Thursday, but Senate Democrats have vowed to block the bill when it comes up for a vote on the Senate floor.
Senate Minority Leader (D-N.Y.) met with President Trump at the White House Friday, but left the meeting without a deal to avert a shutdown, saying there are still a “good number of disagreements” with Trump on immigration and spending.
The Senate is to take up a vote on the House-passed spending bill Friday evening, but Senate Majority Leader (R-KY.) is expected to fall short of the 60 votes necessary to pass the bill.