There has been much fallout and debate about this topic as Democrats and Republicans can't decide who to blame for the shut down (hint: it's Trump saying that Mexico would pay for the wall), which could last until January.
However, in an unlikely turn of events, both sides of the political divide in America have found themselves agreeing with the consistently interesting, charismatic and representative-elect, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who came up with a unique suggestion on how to combat future shutdowns.
On Saturday, she said on Twitter that members of Congress should be forced to give up their salaries during any future shutdowns, as they aren't doing their jobs and most of them are already very wealthy. She also told them to "have some integrity."
Next time we have a gov shutdown, Congressional salaries should be furloughed as well.
It’s completely unacceptabl… https://t.co/grK5s4fJIh
However, her message in the above tweet has earned praise from her supporters, and also from some of those that would usually oppose her.
Credit where due
@Ocasio2018 is spot on here https://t.co/bRZX5cnmmF
— John - Psst, I know the motive - Cardillo (@John - Psst, I know the motive - Cardillo)
Members of both the House and the Senate earn a salary of $174,000-a-year, which is a permanent law but a shutdown would only affect agencies and employees who are funded through annual appropriations. Those working in 'non-essential' government roles are prevented from going to work during a shutdown.
According to The Hill, Congress has previously acted to ensure that any workers who were affected during a shutdown once the government reopened. Should the current shutdown last longer than January 5, then federal workers are likely to miss out on a payment.
Also at the weekend, Catherine Cortez Masto, a Democrat Senator from Nevada announced that should would be donating her salary to a charity during every day of Trump's shutdown.
I cannot take a salary during a government shutdown knowing that so many federal workers in Nevada and across the c… https://t.co/8zmIKFmGW0
— Senator Cortez Masto (@Senator Cortez Masto)