Shutdown Solidarity: Lawmakers Pledge to Give Up Pay Until Government Reopens

By Eric Katz

October 3, 2013

This story has been updated and now includes more than 75 House members and senators.

Roughly 900,000 federal employees have been furloughed due to the government shutdown. There is no guarantee they will ever be compensated for their forced time off; retroactive pay would require congressional action. Members of the Senate and House -- mostly Democrats, but a few Republicans as well -- have put forth legislation to ensure furloughed feds receive back pay. Those bills have yet to receive a vote.

Even excepted and exempted employees are forced to work without pay during the shutdown, but are guaranteed to receive pay once government is reopened.

Some think lawmakers should also take a hit, since Congress failed to pass spending bills to keep government open. A group of Republicans introduced a bill last week -- the Government Shutdown Fairness Act -- to prohibit lawmakers from receiving pay during a government shutdown. Because the 27th amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits Congress from adjusting its current pay, the bill would place all members’ salaries in an escrow account and pay them on the last day of the legislative session. It would also ban members from receiving pay in future sessions.

A group of Democrats introduced a similar bill -- the No Government, No Pay Act -- this week.

Meanwhile, a number of lawmakers have volunteered to give up their pay. Here is a list of those who have said they will refuse pay for as long as the shutdown continues: 

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By Eric Katz

October 3, 2013

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