From NBC's Mark Murray and Luke Russert
Democrats in the House and Senate have proposed legislation halting congressional pay during a federal government shutdown.
Said Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), a co-sponsor of the legislation introduced by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Bob Casey (D-PA): “Though I’m hopeful that House Republicans will reach an agreement and back away from their threat of a government shutdown this spring, we should be realistic in preparing for that possibility.”
Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) has introduced the same legislation in the House. "If we're going to throw federal employees, including our staffs, out on the street, we should be right there with them," Moran said. "In the event of a shutdown, members should be eating peanut butter and jelly like everyone else."