Congressional pay questions during government shutdown

Oct 1, 2013

A couple of Central Illinois Congressmen says they’re voluntarily going without pay during the government shutdown. 13th District Republican Rodney Davis says he will forgo pay until the shutdown is resolved.  18th District Republican Aaron Schock’s office says he will also reject pay as long as the shutdown continues. 

17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says she supports the No Government No Pay Act. That would withhold lawmakers’ pay in future government shutdowns, but not this one. When pressed by reporters during a conference call, Bustos, a Democrat, refused to say if she would decline her pay check: 

BUSTOS: “Any member of Congress can choose to forgo that.  What I am doing is I’m supporting the No Government No Pay Act.REPORTER:  “So you are not forgoing your pay during the government shutdown?”BUSTOS:  “I am supporting the No Government No Pay Act.”

This is the first government shutdown in 17 years.