Jackson County Floridian - Graham co-sponsors bill tying Congress members’ pay to Homeland Security shutdown
Days ahead of a partial Department of Homeland Security shutdown, U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, D-FL-2, has co-sponsored a bill that would tie the pay of Congress members to the fate of the DHS funding.
“In North Florida, you have to do your job to get a paycheck – the same rules should apply to Congress,” Rep. Graham said in a statement.
“With threats ranging from ISIL to border security, it’s reckless and irresponsible to let the Department of Homeland Security shut down.”
The freshman congresswoman joins fellow democrats, Reps. Brad Ashford, Scott Peters and Ami Bera in sponsoring H.R. 1032, the “No Homeland Security, No Pay Act,” to withhold pay for members of Congress and keep the money in an escrow account, if funding for DHS is allowed to lapse.
The news comes on the heels of Graham announcing she was prepared to follow through with a campaign promise to donate her pay if Congress forces a government shutdown. If Congress fails to fund DHS, the she has pledged to donate her congressional pay to Warrior Beach Retreat, a North Florida nonprofit dedicated to helping combat wounded warriors and their families. Graham called for other members to make a similar pledge.
“If congress lets obstructionists shut down the Department of Homeland Security, each member should give up their paycheck. There should be an immediate consequence for letting partisan games threaten the security of the American people.”
If funding is not approved and the partial shutdown kicks in, the majority of the agency’s 230,000 employees, which are deemed essential, are expected to continue working.
On Wednesday, The Associated Press reported that lawmakers had cleared the way for Senate passage of legislation to fund DHS without immigration-related provisions opposed by President Barack Obama. Approval in the Senate would send the issue to the House, but Speaker John Boehner declined to say if he would put it to a vote.