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Competing Measures Attempt to Hold Congressional Pay Hostage

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Heller said he will revive his proposal to cut off congressional pay unless both chambers agree on a budget resolution.

Boxer and other Democrats say they are concerned about a possible government shutdown if no agreement can be reached to extend the stopgap spending law (PL 112-175) that expires March 27.

“Casey and I have a way better bill that says if you shut down the government, you don’t get your pay,” Boxer said.

The Constitution prohibits changes in congressional pay from taking effect until after the next election. The House GOP proposal would not change lawmakers’ salaries but would withhold payment until a budget resolution is adopted or until the end of the 113th Congress.

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