Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Nolan: No Pay For Congress in Federal Shutdown

Oct 1, 2013
Press Release
“No Government – No Pay Act of 2013”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan (MN-08) today introduced the “No Government – No Pay Act” of 2013 – legislation requiring that Members of Congress be paid no salary during a government shutdown. Following introduction, Nolan issued this statement:
 
“The inability of this Congress to collaborate, compromise, and get things done has led me to introduce legislation to prohibit Members from being paid when failure to do their job results in a government shutdown. 
 
In the event of a shutdown, Congress must work around the clock without pay to resolve a budget crisis.
 
Meanwhile, if other working people are to go without pay, and important government services are shut down – jeopardizing jobs and our economic recovery – then the Congress responsible for the mess should not be paid either.
 
It’s time for Congress to start living in the real world – where you either do your job, or you don’t get paid.
The American people sent this Congress to Washington to use common sense – to collaborate, compromise, solve problems and govern – not to shut down the federal government. It’s time to restore Regular Order and put an end to government by crisis.”