New legislation was birthed in the Senate this week that would reduce congressional pay once government furloughs begin. The bill would force congressional leaders to sacrifice a portion of their paycheck to align with the loss many government employees will face once furloughs take place due to the sequestration that began last Friday. Despite the effort, the bill may be deemed unconstitutional due to the 27th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that prohibits Congress from raising or lowering their own pay, although it can change the pay of future legislative bodies. Read more (Government Executive).
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