Rep. Pete GallegoPete P. GallegoHispanics look to increase their numbers in Congress Texas Dem seeks 2016 rematch for House Former Texas rep. eyes comeback MORE (D-Texas) on Saturday proposed legislation that would make members of Congress "non-essential" federal workers, which means their pay would be stopped in the event of a government shutdown.
"Congress should work around-the-clock, and do so without pay, to keep the government running," Gallego said Saturday.
His Shutdown Member of Congress Pay Act, H.R. 3215, would amend a 1946 law to deem members of Congress as non-essential workers during a government shutdown. It was introduced just a few days before the government would have to tell non-essential workers to stay at home without pay if the House and Senate can't agree on a funding bill.
Several House members have proposed a new amendment to the Constitution to get around this delay and immediately cut their own pay if they fail to, for example, pass a budget.
Like other Democrats, Gallego criticized House Republicans for passing another short-term spending bill on Saturday that undermines ObamaCare, instead of simply passing a "clean" spending bill.
"Putting the full faith and credit of the United States at risk should never be a debating point," he said. "A shutdown should not even be on the table – this is not rocket science."
But House Republicans say the pressure is on Senate Democrats to find some compromise before government funding expires at the end of Monday.