Dem proposes cutting lawmaker pay during government shutdowns
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Rep. Kurt SchraderWalter (Kurt) Kurt SchraderBlue Dogs push House leadership to allow more member input Democratic majority shrinks, but finds unity Biden on precipice of first big win MORE (D-Ore.) has introduced legislation to cut salaries for members of Congress during future government shutdowns.

Schrader, who co-chairs the Blue Dog Coalition of centrist Democrats, argued that members of Congress shouldn't receive the same compensation if they can't agree on how to ensure the government stays open.

"In the real world, if you don’t do your job, you don’t get paid. In Congress, we are tasked with keeping the government running. Therefore, if the government shuts down we should not get paid," Schrader said in a statement.


Lawmakers are constitutionally prevented by the 27th Amendment from enacting laws that change their own current pay rates. But members can pass bills that affect salaries of future sessions of Congress.

Therefore, if Schrader's bill were enacted this year or next, lawmakers' pay would be held in escrow accounts until the last day of the 114th Congress in the event of a government shutdown.

But for future lawmakers, they would lose a day's worth of pay for each day the government remains shut down.

Schrader originally proposed the measure during the last government shutdown in October 2013. But neither chamber ever acted on Schrader's bill.