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Texas rep. introduces “Solidarity in Salary Act”

Posted: 11:18 AM, Jan 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-30 12:40:14-05

U.S. Representative Dan Crenshaw, of Texas, is one of three congressmen introducing a bill to withhold pay from members of Congress, the president and vice president in the event of a government shutdown.

Crenshaw, who was elected in November to Texas’ 2nd congressional district, along with Rep. Max Rose of New York and Rep. Jared Golden of Maine on Tuesday introduced the “Solidarity in Salary Act.”

 

“The President, Vice President and Congress should have to feel the same pain and uncertainty that our federal workers face during a shutdown,” Crenshaw said in a social media post on Monday.

The act proposes that the daily pay of the president, vice president and members of Congress be placed in escrow during a shutdown, and not released until it reopens.

Last week, the federal government reopened following the longest shutdown in U.S. history, leaving more than 800,000 federal employees without pay for 35 days.