U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) will submit an amendment to the Continuing Resolution (CR), H. J. Res 59, to prohibit members of Congress from receiving their salaries in the event of a government shutdown. Under current law, hundreds of thousands of federal employees in the 12th District and across the country would be furloughed if Congress fails to pass a CR to fund government operations, but members of Congress, the President, and the Vice President will still receive their pay.
"It's absurd that so many folks will have to go without pay, yet the folks causing the problem will feel no pain at all," said Congressman Barrow. "If Congress doesn't do its job, they shouldn't be paid -- it's as simple as that. We should be accountable to the people who sent us here, and this is the least we can do to show that."
Under this amendment, members would not be eligible for retroactive pay. The amendment would also apply to any future lapses in funding for the federal government.