WASHINGTON, DC (WOWK) – West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin introduced legislation today that would withhold pay from members of Congress if they are unable to prevent a government shutdown.
According to a release, the No Government No Pay Act of 2018 would take effect during the 116th Congress and would be applied to each new Congress going forward.
“In West Virginia, we know that when you don’t do your job, you don’t get paid. If Congress can’t come together to fulfill one of our most basic constitutional obligations, then we don’t deserve to get paid either,” Senator Manchin said.
The bill was cosponsored by Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Jon Tester (D-MT) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI).
Manchin introduced similar legislation before the potential government shutdown in 2015.