Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, who refused his congressional salary during the short-lived government shutdown said he will return his shutdown salary to the Treasury.
Fitzpatrick is the author of No Budget, No Pay constitutional amendment that prevents members of Congress from being paid unless a budget is passed. The Bucks County congressman released a statement Monday about the late day passage of legislation that will fund the government through Feb. 8, while encouraging greater bipartisan efforts to solve national problems.
“Today’s end to the unacceptable three-day government shutdown should serve as notice to the extreme partisans who allowed their rigid ideology to stand in the way of logical, bipartisan compromise:
The American people want bipartisan problem solvers, not uncompromising partisan politicians. Congress must move past the era of short-term, stop-gap continuing resolutions and pass a fully funded budget that addresses our nation’s critical priorities. Moreover, Congress must stop setting the dangerous precedent of shutting down the government and refusing to fund the government over non-budgetary items.
And finally, members of both parties need to come to the table, in a bipartisan fashion, to address the critical challenges facing our country, including border security and immigration reform. . . .I will continue to push my bipartisan reform agenda to include term limits, “No Budget, No Pay,” a balanced budget amendment and more. These are common sense American principals that will save our country.”