Fitzpatrick Blocks Congressional Pay for Shutdown

Fitzpatrick Blocks Congressional Pay for Shutdown

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) Wednesday signed onto the Government Shutdown Fairness Act [H.R. 3160] which would block Members of Congress from collecting a salary in the event of government shutdown.

“For lawmakers, a shutdown of the federal government is the ultimate admission of failure to do your job,” said Fitzpatrick. “Simply put, if we can’t find a way to fund the government, than we shouldn’t accept a paycheck. It’s that simple.”

The bill is modeled after the bipartisan No Budget, No Pay Act [H.R. 325], of which Fitzpatrick was an original cosponsor. No Budget, No Pay was passed by the House earlier in 2013 and was largely responsible for forcing the Senate to pass their first budget in four years.  Fitzpatrick was an early champion of No Budget, No Pay.

“It is the primary responsibility of governing bodies, no matter how big or small: to pass a budget and appropriate tax dollars so the government can function,” continued Fitzpatrick. “As a government shutdown is unacceptable to me, it’s important to let the American people know that should it happen, Members of Congress won’t continue cashing in while Americans pay the price.”

The legislation is consistent with the 27th Amendment in holding salaries in escrow until the end of this Congress.

“Americans know that getting paid should be tied to getting the job done. This legislation, like ‘No Budget, No Pay’ says it’s time lawmakers be held accountable,” added Fitzpatrick. “It is my hope this legislation will never have to take affect because no one should have to deal with a government shutdown.”

Earlier in the year, Fitzpatrick voted to pass the Full Faith and Credit Act [H.R. 807] which directs the Treasury to pay principal and interest due to the Social Security Trust fund and on debt held by the public before making any other payments in the case of an interruption of appropriations. Last week, Fitzpatrick voted to pass a Continuing Resolution [H.J.Res 59] which would keep the government funded through December.

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.