Proposed Bill Would Cease Pay For Lawmakers During Government Shutdown

| by Sean Kelly
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Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan of Minnesota introduced a bill on Friday to prevent members of Congress from being paid during a government shutdown.

Nolan’s bill would make it so that members of Congress would be unpaid for the duration of the shutdown — similar to the legislation he proposed during the 16-day shutdown in 2013. Though the bill wasn’t enacted at the time, Nolan donated his salary during the shutdown to various charities in his district.

“It's time to put an end to government by crisis management,” Nolan said in a statement.

“And it's time for Congress to start living in the real world -- where you either do your job -- or you don't get paid," he added. "If hundreds of thousands of other federal employees are to go without their salaries -- twisting slowly in the wind in a government shutdown -- then the Congress should not be paid either." 

The potential shutdown remains a possibility mostly due to Republicans who want to defund Planned Parenthood in response to controversial videos depicting the organization’s alleged use of fetal tissue donations.

GOP lawmakers are using a spending bill as leverage to defund the women’s health organization.

Though both parties have stated their desire to avoid an expensive shutdown, a funding package has yet to be passed.

Sources: Huffington Post, The Hill / Photo credit: Wikipedia