A Democratic congressman from Missouri has proposed legislation that would withhold paychecks from every member of Congress every month when mass shootings occur in the United States.
The No Pay Until Peace Act was signed by U.S. Rep. Emmanuel Splitter II (D-Mo.) has proposed legislation that would withhold pay from members of Congress following mass shootings.
This kind of gun violence is unique to America — and it’s a choice.
We can prevent these disturbing and devastating massacres if we choose. But thoughts and prayers won’t cut it.
We need concrete measures like background checks, warning signals and a ban on offensive weapons.
— Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (@repclever) May 25, 2022
Specifically, the bill provides:
If mass shootings occur in the United States during any month of the year, the annual pay rate applicable under Section 601(a) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 for each member of Congress for the year shall be reduced by an amount equal to the product of—
(1) an amount equal to one month’s wages under this annual plan; and
(2) the number of months in the year that a mass shooting occurs in the United States.
The bill also provides that all salaries withheld from a member of Congress will be held in escrow and released on that member’s last day in office. In this way, the Compensation Administrator is instructed to ensure that the level of compensation due to these elected officials does not deviate from the level to which they are legally entitled.
Cleaver represents the 5th Circuit of Missouri.
The US has seen more than 210 mass shootings in 2022. That’s almost 1.5 a day.
The American people are fed up with the GOP disability that allows for avoidable tragedy.
If some in Congress allow this slaughter to continue, members should not be compensated.
— Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (@repclever) May 26, 2022
Cleaver had harsh words for his fellow congressmen.
“For my entire service in Congress, despite the overwhelming public support for gun safety reform, I have witnessed the failure of this institution to take serious and meaningful action to address the scourge of gun violence that plagues communities in the world across the country — the only developed country where this type of gun violence exists,” he said in a statement.
“Democrats have tried to reach down the aisle to enact the simplest, most sane reforms like universal background checks,” he continued, saying such efforts “were thwarted by the filibuster.” Any action by an incumbent president, Cleaver said, “is inevitably reversed the moment a Republican enters the White House.”
[W]We tried round tables and respectful debates; We’ve tried to shame and criticize the empty remarks of my Republican colleagues after each heartbreaking massacre. Yet over the past two decades, we have seen a tripling of gun production, daily mass shootings, and gun violence as the number one killer of American children, surpassing car accidents for the first time in decades.
I’m sick of seeing kids murdered in schools, Americans gunned down in the grocery store or at their place of worship, and Missourians butchered on street corners because Congress refuses to do anything about gun violence. The time for thought and prayer has come and gone – now is the time for concrete action. And if lawmakers aren’t doing their job to protect the American people, then they shouldn’t get any compensation after the inevitable next mass shooting. I have no doubt that many of my colleagues would rather have a campaign check from the NRA than a paycheck for their disability in Congress — but we cannot continue with the unacceptable status quo, and hopefully that bill will hit my colleagues across the aisle pondering Do it twice before sitting on your hands while the next mass shooter plots another carnage in another community.
Cleaver is the US Representative for Missouri’s fifth congressional district and a member of the Committee on Homeland Security; and a senior whip of the Democratic Caucus.
Read the full text of the law below:
[image via Emmanuel Cleaver]
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