U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, who represents the 4th Congressional District of Texas, introduced a bill on Oct. 2 that would suspend salary payments to officials elected to national office during the duration of the current federal government shutdown.
The measure, H.R. 3234, would prohibit the President, Vice President, and Members of Congress from being paid during any lapse in appropriations or federal government shutdowns. Salaries for the President, Vice President, and Members of Congress also would be withheld if the federal government is unable to make payments or meet obligations because the public debt limit is reached.
“In fairness to the American people who are affected by the government shutdown, including furloughed federal employees, I introduced The Pay Accountability Act,” Hall said. “It is my hope that this bill, in addition to promoting fairness, would put pressure on the President and Members of Congress to reach a responsible budget solution on behalf of the American people.”
In a press release, Hall's office referred to the bill as the "Pay Accountability Act."
If it became law, the measure would direct the President’s and Members’ of Congress pay into an escrow account where it will be held until the completion of the 113th Congress.
“While the House continues to work toward a budget solution, I urge constituents to call my offices if they need any assistance, and let me know how I can best represent their views in Washington,” Hall said. “I will be working in D.C. on their behalf until a solution is reached to reopen the government.”