Fitzpatrick Supports Funding, Declines Pay During Shutdown

Oct 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC:  Congressman Fitzpatrick issued the following statement regarding the Federal budget negotiations:

“I remain opposed to a government shutdown and I am disappointed at where the Federal government finds itself today.

I have supported traditional measures to keep our government funded, including a Continuing Resolution at the sequester levels.

The House presented bipartisan opportunities for the Administration and Senate to give Americans a one-year delay from the Affordable Care Act, to give American families the same exemptions from the President’s healthcare law that the Administration gave to 1,200 special interest groups, to repeal the crushing tax on healthcare equipment, and to ensure Members of Congress must live under the healthcare law like everybody else. 

No special treatment for special interests; no special treatment for big business; no special treatment for Members of Congress.  All of these common sense policies with broad support were rejected.

I have co-sponsored the “Government Shutdown Fairness Act” [H.R. 3160] which ensures Members of Congress do not get paid during a government shutdown.

Furthermore, I have directed that my pay be suspended for duration of the shutdown.

Americans want their government to remain open and want to see public officials resolve our differences to put our country back on the right track.”

Fitzpatrick has voted three times on funding bills which would keep the government open and is a co-sponsor of the “Government Shutdown Fairness Act” [H.R. 3160] which would block Members of Congress from collecting a salary in the event of government shutdown. 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.

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. Fitzpatrick had attempted to add an amendment to the “Full Faith and Credit Act” which contained similar language to the legislation put forward today which would have protected the pay of members of the military and federal law-enforcement community.

Additionally, Fitzpatrick authored the “SHIELD Act” [H.R. 55] which will ensure compensation for our critical federal law enforcement personnel in the case of an interruption of Congressionally-appropriated funds, during periods of a government shutdown or in the event of reaching the debt ceiling. 

Fitzpatrick has also co-sponsored the “Government Shutdown Prevention Act” [H.R. 1164] which prevents a government shutdown, and forces Congress and the President to not miss statutory budget deadlines.  The bill creates an automatic Continuing Resolution for regular appropriations bills not completed before the end of the fiscal year.