King: If Anyone Should Get His Paycheck, It's Me

Do you think elected officials should still get paid during shutdown?

Members of Congress will be paid during the government shutdown as required by the Constitution. Patch file photo
Members of Congress will be paid during the government shutdown as required by the Constitution. Patch file photo
More than 800,000 federal workers went sent home without pay on Tuesday as the government shut down for the first time in nearly two decades. 

For the 535 members of Congress, however, the paychecks will keep coming no matter how long the shutdown lasts. The Constitution's 27th Amendment stipulates that the salaries of the House and Senate cannot change until a congressional election has come and gone. 

The fact that the people who have forced the shutdown are still being paid has rankled plenty of Americans. Some members of Congress, including Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, the Tea Party darling from Texas, has pledged to donate his salary to charity during the shutdown. 

Rep. Peter King, R-Seaford, however told Patch that's just "a stunt" by "millionaire Senators." 

King, one of just five House Republicans to vote against the final spending measure Monday night that pushed the government to shut down, said he deserves to be paid. 

"If I was the one running around saying the government should shut down, that's one thing," he said. "I'm the one that is trying to keep it open. So if anyone should get his paycheck, it's me." 

We asked Patch readers to chime in on members of Congress being paid during the shut down. Here's what some of them said on Patch's Suffolk County Facebook pages (share your own thoughts in the comments section below):
  • If they weren't going to get paid, this would not happen. They work for us and they have forgotten that.
  • Their pay should be first to go. What a difference the outcome would be.
  • If we don't do our jobs we get fired---enough said!
  • I didn't elect any of them. If their salaries were in jeopardy they would of got the job done.
  • Glad it's shut down, it's an embarrassment that they get paid though....
  • They should be fired...the same way anyone else would be for not showing up to work! It's unacceptable behavior...yet we accept it!
  • Congressmen should be treated like everybody else. Take away their pay!!! I feel so sad for this country. My cousin works for IRS and she's home with no pay. Disgusting!!!!
  • Well, of course the Congressmen still get paid. Why should they suffer? Disgusting.

Steven D. Hartman October 01, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Sneaky bastards! The idea and purpose of the 27th Amendment was to keep Congress from voting pay raises for itself during its current term of office. If the Congress has written the amendment to say "cannot RAISE" instead of "cannot VARY" we'd be getting the amendment we deserve and they would be working without pay today.
Tim F October 01, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Time to "rotate the crooks" next election.
Omega Payton October 01, 2013 at 10:32 PM
Vote this bum out my fellow Apple Lovers. Let's make his ass find a job and work for a living.
Omega Payton October 01, 2013 at 10:34 PM
All we need is for the people of Ohio to stand up and vote the bum Boehner out. He is the head demon and once Ohio de-seats his worthless ass, the rest of the cowards will fall in line.
Charles burke October 02, 2013 at 05:54 AM
They didn't do their job. In the private sector, that would be grounds for immediate TERMINATION.


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