Enraged over the fact that 800,000 federal employees having been furloughed due to the US Government shutdown, 176,000 people have demanded through an online petition that members of Congress also not receive their pay for the duration of the deadlock over the Obamacare health programme.
The petition by CourageCampaign called for a halt to congressional salaries and had amassed 176,000 signatures by Thursday afternoon.
“Starting October 1st, hundreds of thousands of middle-class federal employees will be furloughed due to irresponsible members of Congress who refuse to govern for the well-being of the American people. The GOP-controlled House of Representatives decided to shut down the government rather than pass a spending bill that funds the Affordable Care Act," it reads.
Those who put pen on paper, figuratively speaking, were enraged that hundreds of thousands of government employees would go without pay, while members of Congress, who were responsible for the shutdown, would continue to receive salaries.
The petition also slammed the Republican members of Congress, saying they acted on a selfish manner and it was the working man who would have to pay for their shenanigans.
“These Republican members of Congress -- including California’s own House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy -- are putting the extreme and ideological demands of a small minority over the health of the American economy. And now, federal employees, veterans, and hard-working families will be the ones that have to pay the price. That is unfair and morally reprehensible.”
The signatories demanded that Congress should bear the brunt of its own inaction and its members not be paid until they reach a resolution. The petition highlighted that the already fragile American economy could ill-afford a setback of this nature.
“Every day this drags on, the more damage it does.”