Sep. 26, 2013 – 01:26PM | By RICK MAZE |
A government shutdown won’t stop members of Congress from being paid, although the House of Representatives has voted to stop receiving pay if the nation faces the more serious problem of defaulting on its debts.
Rank-and-file members of the House and Senate receive $174,000 in annual salaries; congressional leaders get more. Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, third in line for the presidency, receives $223,500 a year, slightly less than the $230,700 salary for Vice President Joe Biden and about half of the $400,000 salary for President Obama.
Members of Congress, along with Obama and Biden, get paid during a government shutdown because their jobs are authorized by the U.S. Constitution and they are paid with mandatory funds not dependent on passage of annual appropriations. Continue reading “Lawmakers in shutdown debate will get paid no matter what”
An Act to provide for budget control112th United States Congress
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Effective: August 2, 2011
Public Law: Pub.L. 112–25
Stat: 125 Stat. 239
Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985
Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974
Deficit Reduction Act of 2005
Introduced in the Senate as “An original bill to make a technical amendment to the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002” (S. 365) by Tom Harkin (D-IA) on February 16, 2011. Committee consideration by: Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Passed the Senate on February 17, 2011 (Unanimous consent). Passed the House as the “Budget Control Act of 2011” on August 1, 2011 (269–161) with amendment. Senate agreed to House amendment on August 2, 2011 (74–26). Signed into law by President Barack Obama on August 2, 2011
The Budget Control Act of 2011 (Pub.L. 112–25, S. 365, 125 Stat. 240, enacted August 2, 2011) is a federal statute in the United States that was signed into law by President Barack Obama on August 2, 2011. The Act brought conclusion to the 2011 United States debt-ceiling crisis, which had threatened to lead the United States into sovereign default on or about August 3, 2011. The law involves the introduction of several complex mechanisms, such as creation of the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (sometimes called the “super committee”), options for a balanced budget amendment and automatic budget sequestration. Continue reading “Sequestration – Whose Idea Was It Anyway?”