Rep. Angie Craig introduces bill to stop pay during possible government shutdown

(ABC 6 News) – Officially called the “My Constituents Cannot Afford Rebellious Tantrums, Handle Your Shutdown Act,” or the “MCCARTHY Shutdown Act,” Rep. Angie Craig’s bill would reduce the pay of Congress members during a government shutdown.

According to the bill, Congress members’ pay would be reduced “by an amount equal to one day’s worth of pay under such annual rate; and the number of 24-hour periods during which the Government shutdown is in effect.” This would effectively mean a day without pay.

If passed, the bill would take effect if a shutdown occurring after the Nov. 2024 general election.

In the event of a shutdown, Congress members’ salaries would be held in escrow. According to the bill, salaries would be disbursed on the last day of Congress members’ term.

During the 2018-2019 shutdown Congress member’s still received pay while 800,000 federal employees did not, ABC reported.

To read the bill, click here.