In the midst of last week's Federal budget fight, Republicans attempted to pass a measure that would have banned all Members of Congress and the President from being paid during any government shutdown. H.R. 1255 passed the House but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) blocked a vote on the bill in the Senate. Congressman John Carter, who represents all of Williamson County, voted for the measure and requested his own paycheck be withheld for the duration of any shutdown. The shutdown was averted, of course, but kudos to Congressman Carter for his stance.
It's too bad that some other government employees, such as our Round Rock School Superintendent who earned $129,000 more than members of Congress last year, aren't willing to make any sacrifices in this troubled economy.
Carter should also be commended for fighting for the Ensuring Pay of our Military Act of 2011, which would continue pay for members of our military in the event of any shutdown.