Viewers Voice: Should members of congress receive pay during government shutdown?
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CREATED Oct. 14, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The country is still facing a potentially devastating debt default, after republicans and democrats failed to agree on terms to solve the debt ceiling crisis or end the government shutdown..
While furloughed workers go unpaid until the government opens, many like Shannon from Port Charlotte thinking members of congress should be the ones going without a paycheck.
"If they're the ones wanting to shut down the government then they should not be getting paid," said Shannon.
Many representatives including right here in Southwest Florida have asked to forgo their pay but that's not up to them.
Fox Four found out for example, Congressman Trey Radel will get his back pay when the government opens and currently receives government health insurance while being able to travel to and from Washington courtesy of the taxpayer.
Many viewers turned to Facebook supporting congress, including Radel. Deborah posted, "He has a job to do, don't blame him for taking money to do it."
But Dianne posted, "All members should for go their pay and put down their gov't. credit card."
Radel says he does not have a government issued credit card or phone.
Linda called in saying this is all the President's fault.
"This is all his debacle. He doesn't want to make any compromises. It's like his way or the highway. This is not right."