DES MOINES, IOWA (WHO) — It appears the partial government shutdown will stretch into day 21 so on Friday, January 11, some lawmakers will reject their pay until the government reopens. Several members of Iowa’s congressional delegation are among those lawmakers.
Congresswoman Cindy Axne says she doesn’t believe it’s appropriate for members of Congress to receive paychecks while Iowa families suffer and security is compromised, due to government dysfunction. As a result, Axne has requested for her paycheck to be withheld until the government reopens. Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa was asked if he would do the same.
Grassley said, “I can say I’m not taking my paycheck, but when government opens up they are going to get their back-pay, at least they always have in the past. Then in turn wouldn’t you expect lawmakers to get whatever they didn’t take because of the shutdown. Would you expect lawmakers to be treated different than civil servants?”
Taxpayers say even if lawmakers don’t take a check, they won’t feel an impact.
One person said, “They’re millionaires. It`s not going to hurt them.”
“They`re, oh we won`t take a paycheck. Well they still have food on the table. It hasn`t affected their life anyway.”
Some people say right now, the lawmakers don’t deserve to get paid.
“I think the guys should be fired. They`re not acting in good conscience. It`s not what they were elected to do. If they can`t learn how to play well in the sand box then they ought to go home. Forget it. We`ll hire a new team. They`re not working for us.”
“The shutdown is definitely counterproductive because there are many many of us who are living paycheck to paycheck or less.”
“I don`t think probably anyone who is involved in there that`s making any decisions government wise should take a paycheck, when the people who are working underneath them aren`t getting paid.”