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On Thursday, a forthcoming bill is poised to be unveiled, which could potentially block members of Congress from receiving paychecks. This bipartisan legislation aims to prevent Congress from receiving their salaries in case of a debt default or government shutdown. With the June 1st deadline looming, two members of Congress are intending to provide an added incentive for responsible and expeditious action within the legislative body. As the country braces itself for potential fiscal challenges, this proposed measure seeks to incentivize the prompt resolution of critical matters by linking the compensation of Congress members to the overall functioning and financial stability of the government.

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Representatives Abigail Spanberger, D-Virginia, and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, are set to announce their bill The No Pay for Congress During Default or Shutdown Act Thursday. The bill would suspend lawmakers’ pay to motivate legislators to prevent the situation.

“If Congress can’t fulfill basic obligations tied to the strength and security of our country, lawmakers should not be rewarded with our salaries until we do our jobs,” Spanberger told NBC.

“Our bipartisan legislation is a no-brainer — lawmakers should not be paid if we irresponsibly default on our nation’s debt,” Fitzpatrick added to Spanberger’s comment to NBC.

This new act, if passed, would overwrite the current law due to the 27th Amendment which only withholds pay for the duration of a shutdown or default until the end of a session. This new bill would make it so that members are not paid, at all, for that time.

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What do you think? Is this necessary? Do you think it will incentivize our elected officials? Do you think the behavior leading to the presentation of the act should be accepted?

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