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Scott: Obama, Congress should forfeit pay before sequester fix



Gov. Rick Scott says President Obama and Congress should not accept their government paychecks until the sequestration standoff is resolved.

Speaking in Orlando Friday, Scott said: "I don’t believe Congress or the President should continue to get paid while they haven’t solved this problem. We’ve had to balance our budget in our state. We’ve had to watch how we spend money. We’ve had to live within our means. And we didn’t do it with a meat cleaver; we did it with a scalpel. We watched what we could do agency by agency. The federal government needs to do the same thing. They should not be paid while they don’t solve this problem.

Scott has not accepted his $130,000 a year salary since he became governor in January 2011. Florida's Constitution requires the governor and Legislature to balance the annual state budget, which they do, but one of the state's biggest agencies -- the Department of Corrections -- has been in the red for more than a year.

[Last modified: Friday, March 1, 2013 6:20pm]


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