"With the clock ticking, inaction is not fair to our seniors, our military, and countless other American workers who will be impacted," Reed said last week. "American taxpayers rightly expect their government to work for them, and if Congress and the President are not able to prevent a shutdown, they should not get paid."
"There is no reason why Congress and the Administration should be paid if the government is shut down," Reed added. "If this is the push it takes to get lawmakers to act to care for our seniors and military, we're willing to make that push."
On Friday, Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) proposed a bill that would reduce the annual rate of pay for members of Congress if the government shuts down. A description of his bill, H.R. 3160, was expected to be released later today.
Also Friday, Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) proposed a bill that directs available funds to "important functions" of the government. Latham's bill, H.R. 3166, is similar in that to Reed's, as it would prioritize payments to seniors and the military, and it would also require the government to keep making Medicare payments.
Latham's bill also requires payments to continue paying off interest on the national debt, food stamps, and "vital national security programs."
"The statements of the past few days make it clear to Americans that the White House and Senate leaders are steering our nation towards a disastrous shutdown of the government which would create pain and uncertainty for millions," Latham said last week. "My legislation ensures that the government meets its most important obligations to the American people and the most vulnerable."