Congressman Jim Cooper

Representing the 5th District of Tennessee
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Cooper Calls to Limit Congressional Pay if Government Shuts Down

Apr 25, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) today announced he has once again cosponsored the Hold Congress Accountable Act, a bill that would reduce the salary of members of Congress in the event of a government shutdown for as long as the shutdown continues.

Unless the House and Senate pass a bill to keep the government open, a shutdown is set to begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

The longtime chief sponsor behind the No Budget, No Pay Act, which would stop congressional pay if Congress fails to pass a budget on time, Rep. Cooper believes legislators aren’t entitled to their salaries if they cannot keep government up-and-running.

“Congress should be punished for poor performance,” Rep. Cooper said. “No member of Congress should get paid during a shutdown.”

During the 16-day government shutdown of 2013, Rep. Cooper donated his own pay to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.