Our Views: 4 Louisiana congressmen delay pay amid shutdown -- the rest should follow
Last year, when state lawmakers wasted hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on pointless special sessions to discuss budget issues they could have resolved much earlier, we suggested that they shouldn’t collect their paychecks for the special sessions because they bungled their duties.
As of last week, four Louisiana House members — Republicans Garret Graves, Clay Higgins, Mike Johnson and Ralph Abraham — said they’ve sent letters asking that their paychecks be withheld until after the shutdown is resolved. The other House members haven’t publicly indicated whether they’ll follow suit.
As of last week, more than 70 members of Congress had pledged to refuse their paychecks until the shutdown is over, according to a tally from CNN.
All the members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation, regardless of party, should decline getting paid while the shutdown continues.
If members of Congress have such a direct stake in reaching a resolution of the stand-off, maybe this will speed an end to a political fiasco that never should have happened.
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