Can the US president unilaterally hurt Congress members financially?


Question

Recently, the US president posted yet another tweet, stating that:

If a new Health Care Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!
The second part of this tweet caught my attention. From what I interpret it, the president would like to punish the members of Congress financially for not passing a law that he approves. This had me wondering if the US president is able to unilaterally hurt the members of Congress financially. Would this be part of his executive powers and what would be the mechanism to obtain such a result?

I am only asking if and how Trump could substantiate his threat. I am not asking if it would be a wise or realistic thing to do.

Answer

Can he directly attack their pay check as members of Congress? No. It is not within the presidents enumerated powers to confiscate, redirect, or withhold their pay check.

Can he engage the agencies of the Executive department to damage them in their home state? Yes. Just look at the threats he made against Sen. Lisa Murkowski following her vote. Threats ranged from delaying Federal Projects in their state, to stalling oil drilling.

Can he make it hard for them to remain in congress? Yes. He has threatened Representative Sanford of South Carolina, and others, with supporting a primary challenger against. He made a thinly veiled threat against Senator Dean Heller of Nevada, while he was sitting beside him.


Can he affect the funding provided by the Republican Party, Congressional Leadership Fund, et al? Not really, but his output can chill the waters
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