POLITICS
10/03/2013 10:06 pm ET | Updated Oct 04, 2013

Capitol Police Protecting Congress In Shooting Aren't Getting Paid, Thanks To Congress

Members of Congress celebrated the bravery and hard work of the Capitol Police force after the pursuit of a woman motorist ended with her fatal shooting and the lockdown of the Capitol.

But they forgot to thank Capitol Police officers for another major sacrifice: protecting members of Congress without paychecks, thanks to the government shutdown that Congress failed to avert. Federal law enforcement officers are deemed essential personnel and will be paid eventually -- just not until a funding deal is reached.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told ABC News it's "a national disgrace" that Capitol Police officers aren't getting paid during the shutdown.

“I suspect at the end of the day they will get paid, but they have mortgages to meet, they have college loans to meet,” Sanders said. “These are not millionaires. They are struggling people who have families and kids.”

Meanwhile, members of Congress continue to get paid, as their salaries come from mandatory funds that aren't affected by congressional decisions.

On Tuesday, Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) introduced the "No Government - No Pay Act" that would stop members' salaries as long as the shutdown continues.

"It’s time for Congress to start living in the real world -– where you either do your job, or you don’t get paid," Nolan said in a statement.

ALSO ON HUFFPOST:

U.S. Capitol Shooting

CONVERSATIONS