News Host Asks Representatives Whether They’d Give Up Their Salary During A Shutdown, But They Dodge The Question

Members of Congress threatening to shut down the government, threatening to default on its bills, does the reverse of promoting domestic tranquility and general welfare as stated in the U.S. Constitution. It creates domestic turmoil and general chaos.

When elected, EACH member of Congress took an oath to the U.S. Constitution.  It's apparent that certain members of Congress are determined to place special interests above the U.S. Constitution.  The U.S. Constitution defines the authority of each branch of government. The first two powers it lists for Congress specify that it collects taxes, pays bills and borrows money when necessary. Putting them at the top of the list means the founding fathers gave them high priority.

By threatening a government shutdown and default, certain members in Congress are saying they will not perform the job given Congress in the U.S. Constitution. They're just not going to do it, oath or no oath.

Before one takes their oath in Congress they should actually understand the U.S. Constitution rather than figure out ways to pander toward special interests.

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On Monday, CNN host Ashleigh Banfield confronted two members of Congress — Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) — to see whether they themselves would be willing to forgo a paycheck in the event of a government shutdown, something nearly every other federal employee would be forced to do.

“So you are both paid $174,000 a year, and that is the salary,” she said, “Would you be prepared to add some rider or amendment on to a continuing resolution that would take you out of the essential services category and stop payment on your paychecks in order to get a continuing resolution through, and yes or no?”

There was a long pause before the two tried to pivot to a different topic. Eventually, Rohrabacher stepped in to say that members of Congress were treated the same as other federal employees:

Watch as members of Congress refuse to answer the specific question . . .

If the government shuts down on Tuesday, all government employees who are considered “non-essential personnel” will be told to stop coming to work and, for the period they’re not working, they won’t be getting paid. Those federal employees also wouldn’t get back payment when the government resumed its work, unless Congress explicitly approved a bill saying they would. Members of Congress are considered “essential.”

BY ANNIE-ROSE STRASSER AND ADAM PECK

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