Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) introduced a bill Friday that would prevent members of Congress from getting paid in the event of a government shutdown. "It's time to put an end to government by crisis management," Nolan said in a statement. "And it's time for Congress to start living in the real world -- where you either do your job -- or you don't get paid. If hundreds of thousands of other federal employees are to go without their salaries -- twisting slowly in the wind in a government shutdown -- then the Congress should not be paid either." Under Nolan's bill, members of Congress would go unpaid for the duration of the shutdown.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.