WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act, legislation that would prevent members of Congress and the President of the United States from being paid during a default or shutdown of the federal government.
"This is common sense legislation that ensures that lawmakers are held accountable for a failure to act in the best interest of our economy and nation," said Senator Casey. "Playing roulette with the credit standing and functioning of the United States government is simply an unacceptable risk to the security of middle class Americans."
"A default on our nation’s debt or a deliberate shutdown of our government would be a disaster for our economy and hurt millions of Americans," Senator Boxer said. "This legislation would send a simple message to members of Congress – if you take these actions that will severely harm the American people, you don’t deserve and won’t receive a paycheck."
Senators Casey and Boxer introduced the same legislation in the 112th Congress, which passed the Senate in March 2011 by unanimous consent. However, the House refused to act on the measure.
Economists and business leaders have warned that a default would have catastrophic impacts on the global financial system and the US economy, and a government shutdown would hurt millions of Americans by disrupting Social Security checks, benefits for veterans and paychecks for our troops.
The Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act would prevent Members of Congress and the President from being paid retroactively after a government shutdown, and also would prevent them from being paid if the public debt limit is reached and the government defaults on its financial obligations.