It is my understanding (BBC Summary), that the the first order of business for the US House of Representatives, is to appoint the Speaker. After this, the Representatives are sworn in.

Before being sworn in, can the Representatives-elect draw their salary, and claim expenses for their office and staffers? If they can't, it might concentrate their minds onto the task-in-hand a bit.

  • They do appear to be concentrating on their task of electing a speaker and personally the idea of tying a paycheck to the vote sounds like bribery/blackmail. There are plenty of members who can't afford to live without a paycheck and this sounds like forcing them to make a choice they do not want to in order to have the money they need to survive.
    – Joe W
    Commented Jan 6, 2023 at 14:18
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    From what I've read, the Representatives are paid a salary that apparently is not in jeopardy. However, their staff's salaries may be in jeopardy if a Speaker isn't elected by Friday, January 13. That Friday is when the salary-based paychecks for staff should be issued, but doing so requires the House passing the rules of the House, and that in turn requires having a Speaker. politico.com/news/2022/12/29/… Commented Jan 6, 2023 at 16:23
  • @joew this is absurd. It's their job to elect a constitutionally required position; their paychecks are tied to them doing their job. And in every single congress the minority party largey doesn't vote for the winner so no one is making a vote for someone they don't want. In fact, the only reason the house is in the situation is because no one is voting for people they don't want...
    – uberhaxed
    Commented Jan 6, 2023 at 19:20
  • @uberhaxed Regardless of it being their job they should not be pressured to change their votes like that because the leadership is unable to make a deal that they like. Instead of trying to get the same person elected to the position of speaker maybe they should consider other people who might be able to get the needed votes. If someone isn't getting more votes then the minority party after 11 votes maybe it is time to look for a compromise candidate. As it stands now they are trying the same person again and it looks like the 13th vote will not work.
    – Joe W
    Commented Jan 6, 2023 at 19:35
  • @Joew you realize the same can be said about the minority party (democrats in this case)? They also failed to elect a speaker after 11 votes.
    – uberhaxed
    Commented Jan 6, 2023 at 19:54

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Before being sworn in, can the Representatives-elect draw their salary, and claim expenses for their office and staffers?

Current practice is that Representatives-elect get paid anyway, but they can't claim expenses for their offices and the staffers don't get paid until the Speaker is selected.

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    I would expect that those staffers would be paid after the fact. Typically, civil servants and contractor employees who had to keep working as essential workers during a government shutdown are given back pay after the debacle is over. Commented Jan 7, 2023 at 10:03

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