Monday, April 4, 2011

"If the government shuts down, will Congress still get paid?

Not every government worker would be sent home in the event of a shutdown.
Several types of federal officials and employees, including members of Congress are not subject to a furlough caused by a funding gap.

Indeed, during the government shutdowns in 1995 and 1996 members were paid throughout because their pay is automatically funded.


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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.