Posted at: 10/02/2013 6:50 PM
| Updated at: 10/03/2013 12:01 AM
By: John McLoughlin
They make $174,000 each. Thanks to a constitutional amendment, members of Congress still get paid even as hundreds of thousands of federal workers do not.
Sen. Charles Schumer and dozens more members of Congress say they will refuse their pay during the shutdown.
Does that mean they "will" accept their pay when it's all over?
A spokesperson for Rep. Chris Gibson told NewsChannel 13 “he does not want to get paid that money now, or in the future.”
She also said that “Gibson already gives back his military pension…about $50,000 per year.”
“I’m going to be supportive of back pay for our federal workers too. They should not be caught in the crossfire here. To me this is disappointing because none of this needed to happen,” said Gibson.
Rep. Paul Tonko says salaries should be “withheld”.
“I absolutely understand the frustration…I said I would have that check withheld to the point we get our budget operations into order, so that the shutdown is resolved,” said Tonko, who also said he wanted his own pay withheld.
That sounds a lot like what used to happen in the state Legislature when that body was late in passing a budget. The pay was withheld and then returned to the lawmakers in a lump sum.