Should Senators Continue To Get Paid During Government Shutdowns?


One of the biggest questions during a federal government shutdown is, “who gets paid?” Due to the Constitution, the people directly in charge of the government would still keep getting paychecks while most other government workers won’t.

In the Executive Branch, a class of workers called “excepted employees” still need to come to work and do their jobs, but they can’t receive checks until the shutdown ends. This group includes people appointed directly to office by the President.

Over in the Legislative Branch, the support staff for Congress would be affected. But members of Congress will still get paychecks, under two parts of the Constitution.

Do you think this is right?

Should those who are responsible for the shutdown continue to receive paychecks?


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