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H.R. 4852 (115th): Pay Our Protectors Not Our Politicians Act of 2018

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During the last shutdown, some members of Congress voluntarily agreed to withhold their individual salary during the shutdown. This was done either by formally requesting to the House chief administrative officer that they not get paid salary during the shutdown, or by otherwise pledging to donate any salary earned during the shutdown to charity. For example,

However, in the run-up to January’s government shutdown, several bills were introduced to withhold salary payments from all Congress members during a government shutdown. Although none of the legislation passed before that shutdown, the next potential shutdown is now one day away, keeping the issue very much relevant. Since the 27th Amendment prevents congressional pay from being altered in the middle of a two-year session of Congress, any such legislation that passes would …

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Martha McSally

Sponsor. Representative for Arizona's 2nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 19, 2018
Length: 8 pages
Jan 19, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 19, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


49 Cosponsors (48 Republicans, 1 Democrat)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Latta Signs Onto Legislation to Ensure Troops, National Security Personnel are Paid During the #SchumerShutdown
    — Rep. Robert Latta [R-OH5] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 21, 2018

Indiana's federal lawmakers donating salaries during shutdown: Brooks co-sponsors legislation to stop all lawmaker pay
    — Rep. Susan Brooks [R-IN5, 2013-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 22, 2018

Hartzler Co-Sponsors Measure to Pay Our Troops, Not Our Politicians
    — Rep. Vicky Hartzler [R-MO4] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 20, 2018

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Jan 19, 2018

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 4852 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4852. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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