April 13, 2017 •
US House Bill Would Place Congressional Salaries in Escrow if No Budget Passed
A revolving door bill introduced in the U.S. House would hold congressional salaries in escrow unless a fiscal budget is passed this week.
House Bill 1951, The No Ongoing Perks Enrichment Act (NOPE ACT), which would establish a uniform five-year post-employment ban on lobbying by former members of Congress, also requires the salaries of members of a House be held in escrow if the House has not agreed to a concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018 by April 15, 2017.
The bill, introduced by Rep. Tom O’Halleran, additionally eliminates automatic pay adjustments for members of Congress and prohibits the use of funds provided for the official travel expenses of members of Congress and other officers and employees of the legislative branch for first-class airline accommodations. “Congress must act to restore confidence in our government, and that starts by cutting special privileges and promoting transparency,” O’Halleran said in his press release.
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