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Rep. Valadao Cosponsors Government Shutdown Fairness Act

Urges Colleagues Not to Collect Salary in Event of Shutdown

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Washington, Sep 23, 2013 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
With the impending risk of a federal government shutdown, Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) cosponsored the Government Shutdown Fairness Act today. This legislation would stop Members of Congress from receiving a salary in the disconcerting event of a government shutdown. 

“As a Member of Congress, I believe it is the core duty of the House and Senate to pass a budget ensuring the federal government can continue operating,” Congressman Valadao stated. He continued, “In the case of a government shutdown, those less fortunate, including seniors, may not receive the benefits they depend on. Members of our armed services may not receive compensation for their dedication to our country, and veterans may not have access to the critical programs they need. If Congress is unable to reach across party lines and compromise on a responsible budget, I don’t believe Members should receive a salary during that time.”

Legislation of this nature has proven to be effective in the past. Earlier this year, the House passed H.R. 325, the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 which prevented Members of Congress from receiving a salary unless they passed a budget resolution. Following passage of the No Budget, No Pay Act, the United States Senate adopted a budget resolution for the first time in four years. Congressman Valadao cosponsored similar legislation, H.R. 310, to be enforced for every fiscal year going forward.

The Government Shutdown Fairness Act is consistent with the 27th Amendment in holding salaries in escrow until the end of the 113th Congress.

Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.

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