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Friday, October 4, 2013

Thompson to Congress: Withhold My Pay

Thompson to Congress: Withhold My Pay

Cosponsors “Government Shutdown Fairness Act”

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today announced that he will not accept a salary for the duration of the Federal government shutdown. In a letter to the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives, Thompson formally requested that his pay be withheld during the lapse of appropriations.

“Pursuant to the 27th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, pay for a Member of Congress cannot be altered until a new Congress begins,” Thompson wrote. “However, it is clear that Congress has failed to fulfill one of its most basic responsibilities; making appropriations.”

“I respectfully request that you withhold my pay for the duration of the government shutdown,” the letter concludes.

Thompson addressed the action yesterday on the floor of the U.S. House, along with his co-sponsorship of H.R. 3160, the Government Shutdown Fairness Act, which would stop Members of Congress from receiving a salary during a government shutdown.

“Mr. Speaker, where I come from we believe in an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay,” Thompson said. “It would be morally reprehensible for me or other members of this body to collect a pay check while this lapse of appropriations continues.”

Thompson’s staff will remain working without pay for the duration of the shutdown.

“My staff will also remain hard at work, and they, too, will work unpaid, providing the same level of services to the constituents of the 5th Congressional District,” stated Thompson.

Thompson’s letter to the Chief Administrative Officer can be found here.

Thompson’s full floor remarks can be viewed here.

7 comments :

Anonymous said...

I appreciate having this good man as our representative. May he hang tough on the issue of Obamacare. What a number it will do to our country if they don't get it stopped.

Anonymous said...

This is all PR b.s.

They are not allowed to withhold his pay, and he knows it. He will be paid; he can then do whatever with it he wants, but he WILL be paid.

He needs to do something real, not just play follow the leader.

Anonymous said...

A tad late. Public opinion getting to you Glenn?

Anonymous said...

I as a Federal worker is having my pay withheld also, but I don't have a say in that do I Glenn. Why don't you and the rest of your colleagues do the right thing and put America back to work.

Anonymous said...

with hold his pay, what a joke
his pay is only a very small portion of his income, pin money you might say !

after all he is one of the 2% !

Anonymous said...

You are absolutely correct Friday, October 4, 2013 at 6:00:00 PM EDT. This is nothing more than PR directed to those who don't know any better. The Republican House has been taken over by the radical right. Moderate Republicans, such as myself, have lost faith in their ability to move this country forward in a positive direction.
Mike Fowler
Austin, PA

Anonymous said...

This is a PR stunt. He knows there is nothing in place that can do this. So I would expect...demand that one of the first bills he brings to the house floor after this crisis is over is to not pay congress or the president, including suspension of their medical benefits, when the government is shut down. After all they are the government. Put your money where your mouth is GT. I will be watching and hopefully many others will be too.