Suspend Congressional Pay & Benefits as Part of Shutdown

Since the government shutdown engineered by the House Republicans is supposed to do away with all but essential government services and since they have admitted themselves that they are not essential — in fact they are inimical — to the successful functioning of government, how about we suspend Congressional pay and benefits for the duration of the shutdown?

I mean Congressional pay, compensation for their aides and staff, rent on their district and state offices, phones, postage, office supplies, medical benefits…the whole nine yards.

How long do you suppose the shutdown would last then? Or do you suspect it would ever get imposed in the first place?

While we’re at it, let’s lay off all the janitors and maintenance staff, clerical pools and copy center staff, security and parking attendants at the Capitol.

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