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October 14, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Cut off congressional paychecks

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 10: A U.S. Capitol Police officer picks up money that was thrown on the floor by activists protesting against the government shutdown. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 10: A U.S. Capitol Police officer picks up money that was thrown on the floor by activists protesting against the government shutdown. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Who has the courage to step up?

There is a way to resolve the current impasse in Congress. One member of Congress needs to have the courage to introduce a bill that would cut off congressional paychecks until an agreement is reached, which pulls our country away from the latest financial abyss. [“What the fight over the federal debt limit is all about,” page one, Oct. 9].

As members of Congress appear to have no problem denying paychecks to many federal employees and others dependent on their actions, there should be no reason that they would regard this as unfair.

As they approach their own personal financial abyss, surely they will be motivated to do their jobs and protect their employers — the taxpayers — from their incompetence and bickering. We would be interested to see not only who has the courage to propose such a measure, but who has the courage to vote against it.

Aurora King-Hedinger, Shoreline

Comments | Topics: Congress, economy, government shutdown


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