WASHINGTON -- When it comes to the question of whether lawmakers should accept their pay during the federal
Some Democrats and
"On my dairy farm in California, I would not pay an employee if they refused to do their job,’’ said freshman Rep.
Fellow Freshman Rep.
Yet other lawmakers -- as ideologically apart as Rep.
Thompson said in an interview that he is taking his pay because "I'm working.''
Richard T. Dykema, Rohrabacher's chief of staff, noted that the congressman is "expected to show up for work during the shutdown'' and expects to be paid.
A spokesman for Rep.
The different responses come as Sen.
Some lawmakers, including Boxer and fellow California Democratic Sen.
“If Congress can’t do its job and put the American people first, then they certainly shouldn’t get paid during a crisis that they are causing,’’ said Rep.
Reaction to lawmakers who are suspending their pay has been mixed, judging by the comments on Rep.
While some praised Royce, one person commented: "The politicians should forfeit their pay rather than withholding it.''
Among the Democrats who have asked that their pay be withheld until the shutdown ends are
Also declining a paycheck during the shutdown is freshman Rep.
The House, in a rare Saturday session, unanimously approved legislation to ensure back pay for furloughed government workers.