Text: H.R.3215 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (09/28/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3215


To amend the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 to suspend the salary of Members of Congress and deem Members of Congress as “non-essential” employees during a government shutdown.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 28, 2013

Mr. Gallego introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To amend the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 to suspend the salary of Members of Congress and deem Members of Congress as “non-essential” employees during a government shutdown.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Shutdown Pay for Members of Congress Act of 2013”.

SEC. 2. Elimination of pay for Members of Congress.

Section 601(a)(2) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 (2 U.S.C. 31) is amended by amending the section to read as follows:

“(C) Effective with the termination of a fiscal year at the end of which the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate fail to reach agreement on government spending, Members of Congress may not receive pay until a government spending agreement by the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate on future spending is agreed to.”.

SEC. 3. Definition of essential and non-Essential Federal employees.

Consistent with the Constitution and the Anti-Deficiency Act, 31 U.S.C. 1341, 1342, the Committee on House Administration is required to consider the following definitions for the legislative branch including:

(1) “Employing authority” under House Rules where Members of Congress would be deemed “non-essential”.

SEC. 4. Effective date.

The amendments made by this Act shall apply with respect to any adjustment which, but for this Act, would otherwise become effective in the event of a lapse in appropriations for government spending where the government would thereby shut down.