Why pay Congress?

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    If we careen over a cliff on Friday and the American government shuts down, hard-working federal workers will stop getting paychecks, but the members of Congress responsible for the shutdown are expected to be paid as usual.

    That’s partly because Congressional pay is not subject to the regular appropriations process, and partly because of Constitutional concerns. The Senate passed a bill proposed by Barbara Boxer of California that would suspend Congressional paychecks in any government shutdown, but the Republican-controlled House has blocked it. House Republicans approved a similar pay suspension, but it was embedded in legislation that has zero chance of becoming law.

    The upshot is that federal workers who do important work for the public — cleaning up toxic waste, enrolling sick people into lifesaving medical trials, answering medical hot lines, running national parks, processing passport applications — risk being sent home and going unpaid. But members of Congress would continue to receive $174,000 a year. As the humorist Andy Borowitz wrote in a Twitter message: “That’s like eliminating the fire dept & sending checks to the arsonists.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/07/opinion/07kristof.html
     
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    Hard working federal employees will still get paid. That's the police, fire, Air traffic management, our armed forces.
     
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    Armed forces paychecks will be delayed.
     
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    Boehner to Be Paid as Soldiers Wait If Government Closes - Businessweek
     
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    I am not sure about that val....the senate passed a bill that would defer their pay, I think, think boehner has done same? If not he should.
     
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    According that Bloomberg Business Week article written about half an hour ago, the situation has yet to change but the pressure is on!



     
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    Not if this last more than a payperiod.
     
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    "Soldiers, law enforcement officers and other government employees whose jobs are deemed essential would continue to work yet wouldn’t get paychecks until the budget standoff is resolved."
     

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