So if the government shuts down the military won’t get paid but members of Congress will! There is apparently a constitutional reason for this: Section 6. Clause 1. “The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States.”
It is automatic.
Even so this can’t play well outside the Beltway – especially with the 800,000 government workers who won’t be paid. Nor with the military and their families for that matter.
What is also shocking is that the House Speaker John Boehner was unaware that members of Congress will continue to receive their pay.
On ABC’s Good Morning America” he said: “Members of Congress are elected by their constituents. If there is a government shutdown, not only will Congress not be paid, but federal employees will not be paid.” Later he had to correct himself, saying that members of Congress should not be paid.
One lawmaker said they could not afford not to be paid. California Democrat Linda Sanchez said she had financial obligations. Hmm, tell that to military families.
Neither side of the aisle come out of this confrontation well. What we are witnessing is a lack of leadership from both the Hill and the White House. Shouldn’t they be able to debate the debt and the deficit without shutting down the government and causing massive disruption for ordinary Americans? And all this hoopla over cutting a tiny amount from the budget? What a lot of posturing!