Gluesenkamp Perez Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Deter Government Shutdowns

Sep 28, 2023

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (WA-03), along with Reps. Zach Nunn (IA-03), Chris Pappas (NH-01), and Andrew Garbarino (NY-02), introduced the bipartisan No Work, No Pay Act, a bill to deter government shutdowns from happening in the first place.

During a government shutdown, federal employees across the country – including members of the Armed Forces – will work without receiving paychecks. This bipartisan bill would ensure lawmakers feel the mounting costs of a shutdown, by imposing a fine on Members of Congress equal to one day’s pay for each day the government is shut down.

“For the sake of working families across Southwest Washington, Congress needs to find a bipartisan solution to avoid an unnecessary, costly shutdown,” said Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez. “This bipartisan bill would ensure lawmakers have skin in the game and deter Congress from letting shutdowns happen in the first place.”

Bill text can be found here.

Rep. Gluesenkamp has urged leadership to bring bipartisan appropriations bills to the floor to avert a costly shutdown. Read the letter from the Blue Dog Coalition here and the Democratic Freshman Class here. Further, Gluesenkamp Perez supported the Problem Solvers Caucus bipartisan framework to avert shutdown.

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