Believing it is wrong for Congress to be paid during a government shutdown, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) has become the only Member of Congress from North Carolina to co-sponsor the Government Shutdown Fairness Act (H.R. 3160). First introduced by Rep. Chris Collins of New York, the legislation stops Senators and Congressmen from receiving their regular paycheck during a government shutdown.
"As a common-sense businessman, I believe pay should be tied to performance," commented Congressman Pittenger. "While bi-partisan majorities in the House of Representatives have voted eight times to reopen important sections of the federal government, Senate Democrats refuse to participate in the normal legislative process and refuse to compromise.
"This poor performance should not be rewarded with regular paychecks while hundreds of thousands of federal employees remain needlessly furloughed."
In January, Congressman Pittenger strongly advocated for the No Budget, No Pay provision, which forced Senate Democrats to pass their first budget in four years.
Congressman Pittenger is already working without pay, having decided to donate his Congressional salary to four Charlotte-area charities.
To be consistent with the 27th Amendment, the Government Shutdown Fairness Act directs salaries to be held in escrow until the end of the 113th Congress.
Despite the government shutdown, Congressman Pittenger's office remains open to serve constituents, including answering questions about the impact of the shutdown on vital services and receiving feedback.