" BOSTON (CBS) – We’ve heard the idea floated by pundits and columnists – suspend lawmakers’ paychecks as long as the government is shutdown.
And why not?
Think about it. Rank and file members of Congress make $174,000 a year and they are unable to complete the core function of their jobs – to keep the government running.
So a Democratic congressman from Minnesota has formally introduced legislation that would block all pay to members of Congress until the shutdown is resolved. And as we discussed Wednesday, that could be a while.
Rep. Rick Nolan’s bill is called the “No Government – No Pay Act” and while it probably has no chance of passing, it may be one of the best ideas to come from Capitol Hill this year "
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