By Vicki Needham - 02/18/11 05:24 PM EST
A House Democrat introduced a measure Friday to prohibit members of Congress and the president from being paid during a government shutdown.
Rep. Jim MoranJim MoranHouse Dem: Congress needs 'courage' to call for its own pay raise House may resume work on spending bills next week Bottom Line MORE (D-Va.) is sponsoring the companion bill to a measure introduced Thursday by Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerDem senator pushes EPA on asbestos regulations Trump was wrong: Kaine is a liberal in a moderate's clothing Feds weigh whether carbon pollution should be measured in highway performance MORE (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Sen. Bob CaseyBob CaseyPennsylvania holds keys in Clinton-Trump tilt 'Americans' spies set to visit White House Anti-abortion group pressuring Kaine MORE (D-Pa.), chairman of the Joint Economic Committee.
Under current law, legislators and the president continue receiving their paychecks during a shutdown.
Boxer discussed the Senate bill on the floor Thursday and has asked Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Reid10 most expensive House races McConnell: Senate won't take up TPP this year Politicians can’t afford to ignore Latinos MORE (D-Nev.) to hotline it because of the "real" threat of a government shutdown as the divide widens between Democrats and Republicans on spending issues.
"If the government is forced to shut down, members of Congress and the president should be treated the same way as all other federal employees," Boxer said. "We should not be paid. And to take it one step further, we should not be paid retroactively once the government reopens."
House Republicans have proposed $61 billion in cuts to fiscal year 2011 spending levels included in the stopgap measure that will keep the government running through March 4.
Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerNew Trump campaign boss took shots at Ryan on radio show Election reveals Paul Ryan to be worst speaker in U.S. history Getting rid of ObamaCare means getting rid of Hillary MORE (R-Ohio) said Thursday he will refuse to pass a short-term continuing resolution (CR) if it doesn't include any spending cuts, in the case that the Senate and House are unable to reach an agreement before the deadline.
The Senate left Washington late Thursday and the House remained in session Friday to continue working on the CR before leaving town for the weeklong Presidents Day recess. That leaves about four days, during the week of Feb. 28, to pass a bill that President Obama can sign, even if it's temporary.