Missouri Lawmaker Pushes to Withhold Pay from Members of Congress Every Month There Is A Mass Shooting in the U.S.


Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.)

A Democratic Congressman from Missouri has proposed a bill that would withhold paychecks from every member of Congress every month in which there is a mass shooting in the United States.

The No Pay Until Peace Act was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.) has proposed a bill that would withhold the pay of members of Congress after mass shootings.

Specifically, the bill provides:

If during any month of a year a mass shooting occurs in the United States, the annual rate of pay applicable under section 601(a) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 with respect to each Member of Congress for the year shall be reduced by an amount equal to the product of—

(1) an amount equal to one month’s worth of pay under such annual rate; and

(2) the number of months during the year during which a mass shooting occurs in the United States.

The bill further provides that any salary withheld from a member of Congress is to be held in escrow and released on that member’s last day in office. In this way, the payroll administrator is directed to ensure that the amount of compensation due to these elected officials is not varied from any amount to which they are statutorily entitled.

Cleaver represents Missouri’s Fifth District.


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