If federal civil servants are now furloughed, so too should be White House employees, members of Congress and their staff. Everyone should have been allowed to use yearly earned annual leave against any payless furlough days. Remember they have already gone three years without any salary increase. Payless furlough days are essentially a salary cut.
Both the president and Congress should have worked together over the past year. They should have put our fiscal house in order to end future threats of both sequestering and furloughs. They should have returned to the time when Congress held budget hearings for each department during the summer instead of taking a five-week vacation. They should have developed a budget agency by agency to be adopted during an open process. Members of Congress, federal employees, the public, watchdog groups and media should have been afforded sufficient time to understand the full contents prior to adoption. Our fiscal year 2014 full federal budget should have been adopted on time prior to the start of the new federal fiscal year on Oct. 1.
Hardworking civil servants pay taxes just like everyone else. The White House and Congress should be held accountable for their actions or in this case inactions, just as employees are at end of the year in personnel evaluations. The president, members of Congress and their respective employees should be docked one full day’s pay for each day the FY 2014 budget is not adopted. They need to perform this most basic requirement of their jobs, which is passing a budget on time, just like federal civil servants do on a daily basis.