Sep 28, 2023 | Press Releases

Nunn Tells House To Withhold His Pay During Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With a government shutdown looming, U.S. Representative Zach Nunn (IA-03) today wrote a letter to the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives requesting his pay be withheld until the government is funded. 

“Members of Congress have a responsibility to the American people to work together to resolve our differences, responsibly cut wasteful spending, and protect the critical programs that Americans rely on,” Rep. Nunn said in the letter. “Congress’s failure to do so will imminently subject many Americans to painful decisions about their budget.  Members of Congress must not live by a different set of rules than the people they are sworn to serve, and as such, I do not believe it is appropriate for Members of Congress to collect a paycheck during a government shutdown.” 

Rep. Nunn’s letter can be found here


Additionally, to ensure that Congress isn’t profiting while the American people suffer, Rep. Nunn has introduced two bills: 

  • The bipartisan No Work, No Pay Act would impose a fine on Representatives and Senators equal to one day’s pay for each day the government is shutdown. The full text of the No Work, No Pay Act—which is co-lead by U.S. Representatives Marie Glusenkamp Perez (WA-03), Chris Pappas (NH-01), and Andrew Garbarino (NY-02)—can be found here

  • The People Before Politics Act would prohibit Members in both the House and Senate from directing or personally engaging in fundraising for their political campaign during a government shutdown. The full text of the People Before Politics Act can be foundhere