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No Government, No Pay


Location: Washington, DC

Today, Rep. Matt Cartwright released the following statement after co-sponsoring the No Government No Pay Act of 2013:

"There is no doubt in my mind that the current government shutdown is a result of the efforts of a small, irresponsible and reckless subset of the majority in the House. But whoever is at fault for this, I intend to be sensitive to the financial suffering that is occurring for hundreds of thousands of innocent Americans during the current government shutdown.

"In addition to deferring my own current pay until the end of the shutdown, I have Co-sponsored the No Government No Pay Act of 2013. We cannot legally reduce our current pay under the Constitution. So this bill will take that pay out in the next session of Congress, the 114th Congress.

"I think that is a sensible approach that will discourage members of Congress from throwing temper tantrums of this nature in the future."

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