Despite constitutional concerns, the Senate passed a bill proposed by Sen. Barbara Boxer by unanimous consent Tuesday that would block the president and Members of Congress from getting a salary during a government shutdown.
“If we fail to keep the government operating, which is our basic responsibility, then we don’t deserve a paycheck,” the California Democrat said.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy criticized the proposal on the floor as violating Article 2 of the Constitution, which forbids Congress from cutting the president’s salary during his term in office. But the Vermont Democrat ultimately did not object to the proposal.
Sen. Tom Coburn had objected to the proposal, but the Oklahoma Republican eventually dropped it.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.