Lou Barletta votes to stop paying Congress, President during shutdown

Apr 6, 2011
Press Release


WASHINGTON– If you don’t work, you don’t get paid.

That’s what U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, PA-11, believes, and that’s what he voted for.

Lou voted to stop paying members of Congress and the president if the government is shut down for more than 24 hours.

During one-minute remarks on Friday, April 1, Lou talked about suspending his pay and the pay of the House, Senate, and president while the government is shut down, a provision the Government Shutdown Prevention Act (H.R. 1255). Lou co-sponsored that bill.

“I came here to be a responsible representative and to fight for my constituents. I did not come here to shut down the government. My district has the highest unemployment in the state. People are hurting. They look at the reckless spending in Washington and they get angry. It’s this simple: they don’t spend money they don’t have. So why does Washington? This bill prevents members of Congress and the President from getting paid if the government shuts down,” Lou said on the House floor. “I get it. The American people get it. Why doesn’t Washington get it?”

H.R. 1255 passed the House with Lou’s support.

“It’s something any business owner – or logical individual anywhere in America – can understand: If you don’t work, you don’t get paid. Maybe this just makes too much sense for Washington,” Lou added.

Watch the video of Lou’s remarks in the House chamber here: https://www.youtube.com/reploubarletta#p/a/u/0/3sZtXxuB2eg