O’Halleran Introduces Bill to Withhold Congressional Pay During Government Shutdowns
Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) introduced the Government Shutdown Accountability and Economic Report Act of 2017 to withhold Congressional pay during a government shutdown and require daily reports on the impact and cost of the shutdown on the economy.
“The American people know they must go to work and do their job if they expect a paycheck, and Congress should be no exception,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “Partisan gridlock is preventing real work from being done in Washington. My bill holds Congress accountable, and if we cannot do our job, we do not get paid.”
The Government Shutdown Accountability and Economic Report Act of 2017 prohibits members of Congress from collecting a paycheck during a government shutdown and requires the Congressional Budget Office to submit daily reports on the impact and cost of the shutdown, including:
- An estimate of the economic output lost on that day as the result of the government shutdown.
- An estimate of any decrease in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the quarter that will occur as the result of the government shutdown.
- The value of any assistance, including loans, grants, and contracts, that the Small Business Administration (SBA) was unable to provide as a result of the government shutdown.
- The amount of any revenue for the National Park Service that was lost on that day as the result of the government shutdown.
- An estimate of revenue lost on that day because of the effects of the government shutdown on tourism and travel to and within the United States.
“Forcing the government to shut down for political gain not only harms our economy, it has a substantial impact on the lives of millions of Americans who rely on government programs and services,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “We owe it to the American people to do our job and pass a bipartisan budget that invests in the future of our country.”
The government shutdown in 2013 cost our economy an estimated $24 billion, according to Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services.