Members of the 113th United States Congress: Donate your pay during the shutdown to charity.
THIS PETITION IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE HEAD OVER TO THE MOVEON PETITION WITH SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND SIGNATURES!
If you're of the opinion that the individuals who are responsible for the federal shutdown should not be compensated while hundreds of millions of Americans are held in the political balance, please sign this petition.
- The 113th United States Congress remains in partisan deadlock over the debt ceiling and other issues.
- Members of Congress make between $174,000 and $223,500 per year.
- It has been 17 years since the Federal Government last faced a partial shutdown because Congress and the Executive Branch were unable to agree on a spending bill.
-The nation has been shut down 17 times (according to Congressional Quarterly).
-In a shutdown, the federal government lacks the legal authority to spend money on non-essential services.
-As a result of a shut down, hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be placed on furlough, and millions of Americans will be impacted in various ways.
If you're of the opinion that the individuals who are responsible for the looming shutdown should not be compensated while hundreds of millions of Americans are held in the political balance, please sign this petition.
NOTE: It is impractical to expect Congress to forgo their salaries as their pay is set forth via the constitution, and as such, this petition is largely symbolic in nature. The 27th-amendment forbids Congressional pay change during the active session. However, they are empowered to donate if they choose to...
With so many people impacted by the shutdown, let's seize the opportunity to help others. Please donate your salary during the shutdown to a charity of your choice.
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