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Congress may have proven its inability to avoid a federal government shutdown, but President Donald Trump can act to make sure something similar doesn’t happen in the future, according to one longtime Democrat pollster.
On Friday, political analyst Pat Caddell suggested Trump should support a policy that would affect members of Congress where it hurts the most — their wallets.
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Caddell indicated that going forward, in addition to ensuring the government does not shut down again, members of Congress must work to agree on a long-term budget deal months before they did so this time around.
“If Congress cannot produce a budget on time — which is September, not next January — they ought not to be paid,” Caddell said SiriusXM’s “Breitbart News Tonight,” referring to future budget negotiations.
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As noted by The Hill, Congress had kept the government running up to this point with a series of short-term deals, or continuing resolutions. But in the future, Caddell doesn’t think that should be acceptable.
He added that the public response to withholding congressional salaries until a budget deal is reached would be overwhelmingly positive.
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“That would go over like ****-fire. That would go over fantastically with the voters,” he told Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Rebecca Mansour. “They are tired of this.”
Even without such a policy, it seems as though some members of Congress are already willing to go without pay until the government shutdown has ended.
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The Western Journal previously reported that multiple members of Congress asked not to be paid, pending the concussion of the shutdown. Their requests were made in the form of letters sent to the Capitol’s administrative office, according to Fox News.
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