07/06/2022
Representative Emmanuel Cleaver of Missouri.

  • Representative Emmanuel Cleaver wants to stop payments from members of Congress after a mass shooting.
  • The congressman introduced the No Pay Until Peace Act to urge members to end gun control.
  • “The time has come for thoughts and prayers – now is the time for concrete action,” he said.

Representative Emmanuel Cleaver introduced legislation Thursday that would withhold salaries for lawmakers in Congress after the mass shootings.

As part of the No Pay Until Peace Act, the Missouri Democratic proposal would require that every member’s checks be withheld when a mass shooting occurs — defined as the killing of four or more people in a single incident.

The congressman – a Methodist pastor – introduced the legislation after this month’s mass shooting at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo. where 10 black shoppers were killed in a racially motivated attack; And at Robb Elementary School in Ovaldi, Texas, where an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two teachers.

“Throughout my service in Congress, despite overwhelming public support for gun safety reform, I have witnessed the failure of this institution to take serious, meaningful action to address the scourge of gun violence plaguing communities across the country — the only developed country that has this kind of There is gun violence.

He continued, “I am tired of seeing children being killed in schools, Americans being shot dead in the grocery store or in their places of worship, and Syrians being slaughtered on street corners because Congress refuses to do anything about gun violence. It is time for reflection and prayer — and now is the time for concrete action. And if The legislators did not do their job to protect the American people, then after the inevitable mass shooting they should receive no compensation.”

Cleaver lamented that Democrats tried to pass additional restrictions on gun control, including global background checks and red-flag laws that allow police to temporarily seize guns from those who pose a threat to themselves or others — but from Republican lawmakers are constantly stymied.

The House of Representatives last year successfully passed legislation expanding background checks on arms sales, but it faced opposition in the Senate, where Democrats lack 60 votes to overcome Republican-led legislative stalling.

In his statement, Cleaver said that the fact that the country has already experienced 213 mass shootings so far this year is a tragedy that requires immediate action from Congress — and he blamed members of Congress.

“While losing a month’s wages is not like losing a child, every legislator should be held accountable for the cruel failure to do something that will save lives,” he said.