On Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, delivered her first speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on the Shutdown to End All Shutdowns (SEAS) Act, of which she is a co-sponsor.
“This bill will stop the use of government shutdowns as a tool in political debate, and ensure that our federal workers are never again held hostage when Congress and the President’s office cannot agree,” Slotkin said. “To my fellow Michiganders, this bill was because of you. You asked me why the average TSA worker, Customs and Border Patrol, FAA employee, FDA employee were punished because of something they had nothing to do with. And I heard you.”
Under the SEAS Act, if an appropriations agreement cannot be reached, the act would suspend pay for Members of Congress, and freeze the travel for Executive Branch officials. The SEAS Act would prevent federal workers from being furloughed or forced to work without pay, and instead shift the personal financial burden to the decision-makers in Washington to reach an agreement.
Slotkin introduced the bill alongside fellow freshman members on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy expressed support for a bill that could prevent shutdowns from happening again, with McCarthy expressing support for a bill that suspends pay for members of Congress in particular.