Congressman Dan Crenshaw Joins Congressmen Golden and Rose in Introducing Bipartisan Solidarity in Salary Act of 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the recent shutdown, Congressman Dan Crenshaw joined Congressmen Jared Golden (ME-02) and Max Rose (NY-11) in introducing the Solidarity in Salary Act of 2019. The bill, which is the first piece of legislation Crenshaw has introduced in Congress, would withhold the salaries of the president, vice president, and members of Congress for the entirety of a government shutdown. The legislation would ensure that those members of the federal government feel the same pain and uncertainty that our federal employees face during a shutdown.

“Federal employees should never have to carry the burden caused by a dysfunctional government; that’s why I’m proud to cosponsor this legislation,” said Crenshaw. “When a Congressional impasse causes federal employees to go unpaid, the President, Vice President and Members of Congress should have to withhold their pay. We should have to feel the very real effects of a shutdown, just as our fellow federal employees are forced to do.”

“Federal workers don’t get paid during a government shutdown. Neither should politicians,” said Golden. “That’s just common sense. Our bill, the Solidarity in Salary Act withholds paychecks from the members of Congress, the President, and the Vice President during a shutdown. This legislation will help prevent the American people from being political pawns for party leaders and help return sanity to the task of funding the government. I thank Representatives Crenshaw and Rose for joining me to offer this important legislation.”

“Only in a town as broken as Washington do you still get paid when you don’t do your job,” said Rose. “That’s wrong, and it’s past time to make it right.”

The Solidarity in Salary Act of 2019 places the daily pay of the president, vice president, and members of Congress in escrow for each day a government shutdown was in effect. Once the government is reopened, the withheld pay is released.

To view the text of the bill, click here.