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Nelson backs bill to dock Congress if workers furloughed

Posted Feb 28, 2013 by William March

Updated Feb 28, 2013 at 06:36 PM

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson says he’ll co-sponsor filing legislation to dock paychecks for Congress members by the same percentage as any federal worker furloughed as a result of sequestration.

“No one should get paid for inaction,” Nelson said in a news release.  “And Congress clearly hasn’t done the job to avert the sequester.

“Everyone expects us to work together and find a common ground. But too many in Washington keep fighting for their own political side.”

Nelson plans to talk about the legislation in a visit to his Tampa office Friday morning.

The Senate rejected rival proposals to stop the sequester late this afternoon, all but assuring the automatic spending cuts will begin tomorrow, Nelson said. Furloughs aren’t expected to start until at least mid-April.

Nelson said he’ll co-file the bill along with Sen. Claire McCaskil, D-Mo., and that it has the blessing of the powerful Senate Appropriations chairwoman, Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.