Ken Buck Introduces Legislation to Prohibit Travel Funds from being used during a Government Shutdown
Washington, D.C. – Last week, Congressman Ken Buck (CO-04) introduced legislation (H.R. 793) to prohibit Members of Congress from using official funds to pay for travel to leave Washington, D.C. during a government shutdown. A Member may use official funds to return to Washington, D.C. if they happen to be away from the Capitol. However, if a Member of Congress would like to leave D.C. during a government shutdown, they will have to pay out of their own pocket.
“Over the last several weeks, we witnessed the longest government shutdown in our nation’s history. If this happens again and Members fail to reach an agreement in the future, they should be expected to stay in Washington, D.C. until a compromise is reached and the government shutdown is over. If Members choose to go on with usual business or take vacation while hundreds of thousands of Americans suffer due to dysfunction here in Washington, they should have to pay out of pocket for their trip.”
“Earlier this month, Speaker Pelosi and some Democratic colleagues planned a week-long trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan that was scheduled in the midst of the government shutdown. This showed a total lack of interest in reaching a solution while hundreds of thousands of Americans were going without pay. This should never be the case. During any government shutdown, Members should be here in D.C. working overtime until the issue is resolved.”
“It is time for us to hold Members of Congress accountable. If we’re going to change Washington, then we’ve got to change how Washington works too.”