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March 11, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – The Senate has passed S.388, a bill coauthored by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Bob Casey (D-PA). The bill would prohibit Congress or the President from getting paid in case of a federal shutdown by the federal government.

“I am hopeful that this bill will help convince our colleagues to work together to prevent a government shutdown, and I urge the House of Representatives to quickly pass it and send it to the President,” said Senator Boxer.

“This is an important step for fairness that should also put more pressure on those threatening a government shutdown that could cause pain for millions of Americans,” said Senator Casey. “The House should quickly pass this legislation.”
Republican leaders have threatened government shutdown to try and force deeper cuts that th $6 billion proposed in the President’s budget. A shutdown “would affect the lives of millions of Americans such as disrupting Social Security checks, benefits for veterans and paychecks for our troops,” a statement from Boxer’s office indicated.


I propose that the States

I propose that the States that sent the Senators should pay them. This will provide state legislatures a sort of leash for their Senators even if they are popularly elected. The Senate was intended to represent the interests of the states and I think that will go a long way to doing that. If you are a senator from, say, Nebraska and you want to vote for Obamacare then fine. But you probably won’t be getting paid for the rest of your tenure if your state legislature is vehemently against it.

I propose that the members of the House be paid the average annual household income of the district that they represent. Perhaps 150% or so, since they are probably higher skilled, but it should be linked in some way. This will help them to have a better understanding of what the average people in their district are going through, helping them to better represent the interests of their district.



Thanks! I sure hope that incentive works. I am sure that the President and congress can survive longer than myself and most american citizens without their pay. I hope this helps speed the process along for approving the budget.