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McCaskill: Congress Should See A Reduction In Pay If Fed Employees Furloughed

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) is planning to introduce a bill that would cut pay for members of Congress if federal employees are furloughed because of the so-called "sequestration," or across-the-board spending cuts.

As the sequestration goes into effect, many federal workers are expected to be subject to furloughs because Congress and the White House did not reach an agreement on a deficit reduction plan.

In a release, McCaskill said she's introducing the legislation with fellow Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla).  

“There's absolutely no reason members of Congress should exempt themselves," McCaskill said in a press release.

The sequestration was supposed to be so unattractive an option, that it would prompt Congress to act in order to avoid it. However, Congress has not found a solution, so the cuts will affect public schools, national parks, border patrol, the military and other federally funded programs.