I heard "...but the President and Congress will get paid..." one time too many yesterday. So I started a petition.
If Congress were (ever) to enact a law that said their pay would stop during a government shut down, it would not impact that Congress. It wouldn't go into effect until the next term. This is because of the 27th Amendment which was put in place to prohibit Congress giving themselves a raise.
But that's fine. Unfortunately our government will probably shut down again one day. Even if it 17 years in the future. And when that happens, I don't want those elected officials to get paid during said shut down either.
If you are on the same page, please sign the petition.
A petition may be a long-shot at getting anything changed but history has had a lot of long-shots so what the hell. Might as well give it a go.