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Some members of Congress give up pay during shutdown

Remains unclear when it may end.
The United States Capitol  (Alex Leary | Times)
The United States Capitol (Alex Leary | Times)
Published Jan. 22, 2018
Updated Jan. 22, 2018

WASHINGTON – As the shutdown went into the third day, some members of Congress are highlighting promises to donate their pay.

"Members from both parties should not get paid if they cannot work together to pass a full-year budget that funds our military and critical domestic priorities.  That is why I will return my salary every day that the government is shut down," said Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Winter Park.

"Lurching from one short-term continuing resolution to another is reckless and wrong.  It degrades our military readiness, disrupts essential government services that American families rely on, and hurts small businesses that depend on federal contracts, grants, and loans."

Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor. "I think its unconscionable that Members of Congress still receive their regular pay checks during a government shut down."

Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Naples (office statement): "Throughout the duration of the government shutdown, Congressman Francis Rooney will be donating his pay to the Collier County Honor Flight program. If the men and women serving in our military aren't being paid, Congressmembers shouldn't be either."