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H.J.Res.18 - Proposal of the "No Paychecks During Shutdowns" Amendment

Photo of Congress member Representative Ralph Norman

To direct the Congressional Budget Office to submit daily reports during the period in which a Government shutdown is in effect on the effects of the shutdown on the economy and the costs of the shutdown to taxpayers, and for other purposes.



You might favor this bill if:
►  You believe that an amendment, which would prohibit Congress members from receiving any type of compensation during a government shutdown, should begin to be ratified by 38 states in order to become an amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

You might oppose this bill if:
►  You believe that taking away Congress members' pay during a government shutdown would be detrimental for the negotiations needed to come up with yearly budgets. Doing so, might force some Congress members to endorse a budget because of their personal interest in not losing money.
Introduced House Senate President Law


The proposal of the "No Paychecks during Shutdowns" amendment would propose a constitutional amendment that would prohibit Congress members from receiving any type of compensation for any period of time in which a government shutdown is in effect.

A constitutional amendment needs to be first ratified by three-fourths of the states, meaning that at least 38 state legislatures would have seven years from the moment the amendment itself is submitted for ratification to ratify the amendment. After 38 or more states ratify the amendment, the amendment becomes part of the Constitution.

This resolution only proposes such amendment, but it is the first step towards completing the process of ratifying the amendment in order for it to become part of the U.S. Constitution.

“It’s shocking to me that this is even an issue, where else in America would employees get paid for failing to do their jobs. Members have a Constitutional duty to keep the government open and funded. As it stands now, Members of Congress still receive their paycheck, even when they cannot keep the government running. This just is not right," said Rep. Norman, original sponsor of the bill.

“It is time to bring a dose of reality to the swamp. If we cannot do our jobs, then we do not deserve to get paid, plain and simple. It does not count to delay pay or get back pay as is the case with government employees. In the event of a shut-down we have failed the American people, and therefore have not earned our pay. Maybe the threat of losing of money will incentivize Representatives and Senators to return to regular order. I am willing to take whatever steps are necessary to bring accountability and common-sense back to the way our government operates.”

Those who oppose the legislation argue that taking away Congress members' pay during a government shutdown would be detrimental for the negotiations needed to come up with a budget since it could force some Congress members, especially those with less resources, to endorse a budget because of their personal interest in not losing money.

H.J.Res.18

Sponsored by: Rep. Norman, Ralph [R-SC-5].

Cosponsored by: 16 Rep / 1 Dem.

See list of cosponsors.

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