Rest easy, America: In a government shutdown, Congress members will still get paid, Huffington Post reports.
Meanwhile, citizens will lose out on services and hundreds of thousands of federal workers and contractors could be taken off the job, hurting the economy.
That's because the salaries of the 535 Congress members, about $174,00 a year, come from a pool of mandatory funds. A Congressional Research Service report last week said the lawmakers are not subject to furlough, Huffington Post reports.
The federal workers union is, of course, pretty mad about it.
"When the government shuts down, employees don't get paid," Colleen Kelley, head of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents 150,000 federal workers, told Huffington Post. "No matter how much Congress does not work, it still does get paid."
House Republicans passed a government funding bill that includes a delay of the individual mandate in Obamacare for one year. The Senate will not pass it and President Obama has said he will veto it.
Via Huffington Post