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So you know that the pay is simply placed in escrow until the end of the session right?
Posted by chadshue on January 29, 2013 at 9:27 AM · Report this
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Considering that they keep giving themselves raises, apparently they do give a shit about their pay. 'cause you know.. They, uhh, "deserve" it. All that vacation time and sitting around getting nothing done is very taxing you know.
Posted by randoma on January 29, 2013 at 9:40 AM · Report this
Confluence 3
Are you expecting people to pay attention to you after that Brazil-nightclub-death post?
Posted by Confluence on January 29, 2013 at 9:58 AM · Report this
auntie jim 4
since they can't raise their own pay I doubt if they can impound it either.
27th amendment:

No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.
Posted by auntie jim http://www.gaysnohomish.org on January 29, 2013 at 10:26 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 5
This is proof they think we're fools.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 29, 2013 at 10:28 AM · Report this
roddy 6
Oh and it violates that Constitution thingy:

"No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened." -- 27th Amendment.

You'd think those House Republicans would have remembered this part because it would have been the last thing they read when the read out the Constitution on the House floor.
Posted by roddy http://www.washingtonunited.org on January 29, 2013 at 10:29 AM · Report this
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Did the 27th Amendment get repealed when no one was looking?
Posted by cgarret on January 29, 2013 at 10:35 AM · Report this
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This proves once again that the Republican Party is indeed the Party of Stupid . And that they think the rest of us are stupid too.
Posted by ruthw on January 29, 2013 at 10:39 AM · Report this
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How can you say the federal budget is completely bullshit? It codifies the Senate's priorities for the upcoming year and gives everyone a starting place for debating those priorities.

That's like saying the debt ceiling is bullshit... It forces political hands when no one wants to bid first.
Posted by six shooter on January 29, 2013 at 10:42 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 10
Time to double down on Stupid.

Cause that's what they do.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on January 29, 2013 at 11:20 AM · Report this
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Now... If instead, they had put in a threat to furlough their staff, that might have some effect!

Can you picture Congress and the Senate having to do the work themselves, without their various minions and underlings? If that impending chaos wouldn't scare them into action, I don't know what would.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on January 29, 2013 at 12:01 PM · Report this
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The no pay is a gimmick and it puts pressure only on the very few congresspeople who aren't independently wealthy. Since it will be held in escrow and be available at the end of the term regardless of any legislation they could even borrow against if they really needed the cash.

Wouldn't a much better idea be an instant term limit? If congress is unable to function and produce a workable budget then ALL must resign and we start over with a new bunch of politicians.

.... somehow I don't think that one will fly.
Posted by kmq1 on January 29, 2013 at 12:45 PM · Report this
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....and, Goldy, you are very right about the budget. Appropriations occur throughout the budget cycle. Constitutionally congress can authorize spending and cuts any time they desire. I was just trying to match gimmick for gimmick.
Posted by kmq1 on January 29, 2013 at 12:50 PM · Report this
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But it'll be entertaining to watch that Duffy idiot whine about how hard it is to live on $170K per year, and how he won't be able to feed his children if he loses any pay.
Posted by StuckInUtah on January 29, 2013 at 6:59 PM · Report this

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