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Joke MCCARTHY Shutdown Act raises legitimate factors

Why ought to Congress receives a commission for shutting down the federal government?

Possibly Minnesota Rep. Angie Craig was trolling Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy when she launched the My Constituents Can not Afford Rebellious Tantrums, Deal with Your (MCCARTHY) Shutdown Act, however we suspect many Individuals would throw their assist behind the laws, even when the remainder of Congress gained’t.

The MCCARTHY Shutdown Act (kudos to whomever efficiently reverse-engineered that acronym) would withhold pay from U.S. representatives and senators for each day that the federal government is shut down. As Craig stated in a press release, “Speaker McCarthy and Home Republicans are able to shut down the federal authorities and put the livelihoods of working households in danger — whereas nonetheless gathering a paycheck. … it’s ridiculous that we nonetheless receives a commission whereas of us like TSA staff are requested to work and not using a paycheck.”

In keeping with the precise invoice, for the present Congress, the cash can be held in escrow after which launched on the final day of the 118th Congress. Meaning present lawmakers would nonetheless ultimately receives a commission, however they must wait.

The complete power of the rule gained’t come into impact till after the overall election in November 2024. So for future Congresses, their salaries shall be diminished by someday’s pay for each 24 hours the federal government is shut down. This might, in idea, disincentivize future shutdowns.

There may be at the moment a bunch of politicians in Washington whose sole purpose is to (metaphorically) burn the federal authorities down. These people enjoyment of inflicting chaos for no purpose aside from to trigger chaos. They deliberately intervene with governance, as a result of they assume there must be no federal authorities. And they’re being paid with taxpayer {dollars} to play their petty video games. 

Maybe lawmakers can be much less prepared to carry the federal government hostage when it’s their very own paychecks at stake, since they don’t appear to thoughts robbing staff of theirs.

What many overlook is that authorities shutdowns don’t simply have an effect on authorities workers — there are ripple results deep into the personal sector, and even into our private lives. If regulators and inspectors can’t work, industries need to gradual or halt manufacturing, inflicting shortages and delays. Want a passport or visa? Good luck, as a result of that already prolonged course of will take for much longer. And so-deemed “important” federal staff who’re compelled to work with out pay aren’t more likely to do their greatest work throughout a shutdown.

It’s extremely unlikely such a invoice may ever cross Congress. No governing physique votes to lower its personal compensation, solely improve it. However the MCCARTHY Shutdown Act ought to nonetheless be dropped at the ground for a vote, and representatives (and senators, if the invoice makes it that far) ought to need to go on file about what they prioritize extra: a functioning authorities and the livelihoods of American staff, or their very own, very comfortable, salaries.

Life isn’t honest, however it could be fairer if Congress needed to play by the identical guidelines as the remainder of us. In spite of everything, if we don’t do our jobs, we don’t receives a commission. Why ought to Congress?