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H.R.26 - No Work, No Pay Act

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To prohibit the pay of Members of Congress during periods in which a Government shutdown is in effect, and for other purposes.



You might favor this bill if:
►  You believe that Congress members should lose a day's worth of pay for every day that the government is shut down. This would apply pressure to Congress members to reach a consensus and fund the government.

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 a budget. This could force some Congress members to endorse a budget because of their personal interest in not losing money.


The No Work, No Pay Act would prohibit Senators and Representatives from being paid during periods when any Federal agency is shut down due to a lapse in funding appropriated by Congress.

There would be no retroactive pay, that is, Congress members would lose an amount equal to one day’s worth of pay for every day of a government shutdown.

The legislation was introduced to the House at the beginning of the current congressional term, in the middle of a government shutdown.

The bill, if enacted would start on the next Congressional session, or the 117th Congress.

“The American people expect Congress to do its most basic job: pass a budget and fund the government. If we can’t, then we shouldn’t get paid,” said Rep. Curtis, original sponsor of the bill. “Washington should take note of states like Utah that do it right. Not only does the Utah Legislature pass a baseline budget at the beginning of each legislative session to avoid any state government shutdown threats, but they also responsibly balance the state’s budget every year.”

H.R.26

Sponsored by: Rep. Curtis, John P. [D-MD-3].

Cosponsored by 0 Rep / 0 Dem.

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