April 08, 2011

It sucks, I know, but ...

congressional pay cannot be suspended if the government shuts down. Why? A "little" thing called the 27th Amendment:

No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

Of course, this amendment's purpose was to prevent Congress from voting themselves pay raises at virtually any time they wanted; however, it unfortunately is having the opposite effect now.

Posted by Hube at April 8, 2011 02:00 PM | TrackBack

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Frankly the one that concerns me the most is military pay. That completely sucks.

Posted by: Duffy at April 8, 2011 02:24 PM

From what I understand, Obama has a huge degree of latitude in determining who gets paid and who doesn't. Clinton made sure the military got paid in 1995. I don't see why Obama couldn't do the same thing in this instance.

Posted by: Hube at April 8, 2011 03:51 PM

Interesting. I've not heard that. Source?

Posted by: Duffy at April 8, 2011 04:47 PM

One of the pundit shows last evening. Van Susteren, I believe and Dick Morris mentioned it (as he was a Clinton adviser back in '95).

Posted by: Hube at April 8, 2011 04:52 PM