Reminder: Congress is still being paid during shutdown
As federal workers miss their first paycheck today, Congress is collecting the same pay they were before the shutdown began last month. The reason is simple, according to the constitution. Congress sets its own salary that is paid out by the treasury. The President and the executive branch is also paid directly by the treasury. Federal workers are paid through appropriations that fund the departments as a whole.
A representative from Senator Bill Cassidy's office says, "He will be paid just as all federal employees will be." That was the answer Bernadette Lee reiceived when she asked, "Is he currently still taking pay?
Congressman Ralph Abraham says that he is not spending/taking the pay. It is being held. He will not get paid until federal workers get paid, and the shutdown is over.
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