Government shutdowns are obviously despised of by the American people. We typically view it as the Government’s inability to work together and do the jobs that we elected them to do. Although sometimes it’s difficult for two parties, so far apart in ideology, to come to a compromise, there is a major disconnect in that Congress is still paid during any government shutdown that forces thousands of Americans to stop working. How is this fair?
With another shutdown on the horizon, and thousands of government jobs threatened as a result, one Democrat out of Minnesota, Congressman Nick Nolan, has put forth, once again, one of the most ingenious, yet obvious bills in a long time.
The ‘No Government, No Pay Act of 2015’ was introduced yesterday before the House of Representatives. The bill, which a version of was originally introduced by Nolan back in 2013 and failed to get enacted, seeks to halt the pay any member of Congress should the government be shut down in the future.
“It’s time to put an end to government by crisis management,” explained Nolan as he tried to push his bill forward in Congress. “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. 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.”
As a new government shutdown looms, stemming primarily from President Obama’s threat to veto a recent bill that passed the House to defund planned parenthood, it’s up to Congress to agree on a spending bill within just four days, or the jobs of thousands will be put on hold. While a potential compromise could very well be reached, now would be the perfect time to have a bill like Nolan’s ‘No Government, No Pay Act of 2015’ to boost the incentive of Congress to make sure that they reach such an agreement.
Nolan, who has been an advocate of such a bill for a few years now, donated his entire pay to a local charity during the 2013 shutdown which lasted 16 full days from September 30 to October 17. Although many in Congress certainly don’t need the money, such a bill seems like it would at least even the playing field between government and the people. Check out the short video below of Nolan introducing his bill to Congress just yesterday.