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It's Against The Law For Congress to Lose Pay, Take Furlough

10:50 PM, Oct 2, 2013   |    comments
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GREENSBORO, N.C. - Eight-hundred-thousand federal workers are still at home without pay during the government shutdown. But those in congress, responsible for the shutdown, are getting paid.

It's actually against the law for congress to be furloughed because they have constitutional responsibilities. The 27th Amendment prevents their pay from being altered in their current term.

The only way congress can be furloughed is if the president orders it -- or if they voted to disband themselves.

Furloughed government employees cannot do any work whatsoever. They can't answers phones, update websites or even tweet. That's because of federal law that law dates all the way back to 1870.

The Antideficiency Act prevents the government from making a commitment to spend money if that money has not been approved. Because congress did not approve a budget, 800,000 employees cannot work. 

This law threatens disciplinary action even fines but a political expert told WFMY News 2, the chances of federal workers being prosecuted for working during a furlough are very slim.

He went on to say it would be very bad PR for the government.

Let US Reps from NC hear from you!

A new CNN-ORC poll shows Congress' approval rating is only 10-percent. Their disapproval rating is 87-percent.

To read the poll, click here.

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