GOP Congressman Goes After Reps Who Miss Votes

Louisiana Rep. Charles W. Boustany is introducing a bill that takes aim at members of Congress who miss votes. The bill is referred to by Congressman Boustany as “No Show, No Pay” Act.

On Tuesday, in a statement concerning HR 6085 Boustany said:

“Serving as a Member of Congress is not a part-time job. The primary duty of a Member of Congress is to advocate on behalf of its constituency by casting important votes. Some of my colleagues take their office for granted and refuse to accept this responsibility. They habitually miss important votes on key policy initiatives and legislation by leaving early or arriving late in order to attend fundraising and campaign events.

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“This bill discourages these offenders from dodging their Constitutional duty by holding them accountable to their constituency. Under my bill, a Member missing a single vote would not receive pay for that entire day. The legislation improves transparency and accountability by requiring the House to provide an online list of Members who are absent each month, including cumulative deductions for absences of each Member posted online as well.

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“As representatives in Washington, we must remember to serve as the voice of the people. I am honored to be trusted with this responsibility and look forward to representing the people of South Louisiana for years to come.”

In missing one single vote the member of Congress would have to forfeit the day’s pay. Most members of Congress receive a salary of $174,000.

According to the days worked from 2002 to the present, members of Congress stand to lose in excess of $1000 per day that they miss votes on.

I just hope the Democrats don’t decide to get up and walk out on the vote like they did during the contempt vote. I also hope they don’t see it as a penalty on them either, but rather a tax for failing to represent the people the way they are supposed to.

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