Workers furloughed, Congress keeps collecting paychecks

Workers furloughed, Congress keeps collecting paychecks

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Thousands of government workers aren't getting paid while the partial government shutdown continues.

But members of Congress are still collecting a paycheck.

U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn are both donating their salaries to charitable organizations.

U.S. Representative Michael McCaul is also donating his pay.

District 17 Rep Bill Flores is donating his toward the federal debt reduction.

Austin Rep Lamar Smith says he's supporting legislations that would suspend members' salary during the shutdown.

If the bill is unsuccessful, then Representative Smith says he'll donate his pay to a charity.

Austin Rep Roger Williams says he will not be accepting his salary.

Round Rock Representative John Carter asked for his paycheck to be withheld, as did Blake Farenthold.

There has been no formal announcement from Congressman Lloyd Doggett as to what he plans on doing with his pay.

Still, some members of the House and Senate, the very bodies that failed to prevent the shutdown, are keeping their salary.

Daniel said, "It's not cool that both sides can't reach an agreement, but if congressional members want to donate their checks to charities. You should probably do that year-round."

"How is that fair? When that happens to any kind of job, you don't get paid," said Katrina Salviejo.

Skylar Johnstone said, "I would imagine some of them are, but I feel like they just want to get re-elected in the first place. So, if you weren't doing that, then, it's just chauvinistic."

"If I see the actual check then I'll believe it because politicians, they go up in front of microphones and say all these lies, but never back it up with action. I'm just sick and tired of that," said Matthew O'Brien.

Members of Congress are paid on the last business day of the month, which means they're not due for another paycheck until the 31st.

The House has to disburse the funds eventually, so anyone who has asked their pay be withheld during the shutdown will get their money when it's over.

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