On July 26, Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN5) introduced H.R. 2653, which states that members of congress will be paid last if the Treasury is “unable to liquidate the obligations of the United States Government in a timely manner because the public debt limit has been reached.” It has 23 co-sponsors.
Basically, someone in Congress listened to Americans when they said, “How dare you threaten social security and pay checks for soldiers while debating the national debt ceiling.”
Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) sent out an electronic newsletter on July 28, stating that he supported the bill.
“If default does happen, another paycheck for Members of Congress should not be allowed. Members of Congress should not be getting paid while veterans, seniors and those with disabilities are not receiving their benefits,” Matheson’s statement said.
The bill was referred to the House Committee on House Administration.
The problem is, many bills never make it out of committee. So while Congress debates a debt ceiling they are going to raise anyway and Obama threatens the elderly, 24 members of Congress agree with what the rest of us already know: They should be last in line when checks are sent out Aug. 3.