BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - More local lawmakers are now saying they will not accept their paychecks from the government during the shutdown. Southern tier congressman Tom Reed is the latest lawmaker to get on board.
Congressman Chris Collins and Senator Chuck Schumer already said they will also go without pay until the government shutdown ends. Collins has proposed a bill to change the law, making sure that if this ever happens again, lawmakers will go without a paycheck.
Members of congress and the president are still paid during a federal government shutdown due to the 27th amendment. Active duty military and supreme court justices are also being paid. But more than 800,000 workers have been sent home without pay.
Wages of about $1 billion a week will not be paid to furloughed federal workers. Once the shutdown ends, Congress can retroactively pay those workers for the time they weren’t working. That’s what happened in the last shutdown from 1995 through 1996.
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