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Louisiana congressional delegates say no budget, no pay

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Posted: Apr 8, 2011 9:26 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: Apr 8, 2011 9:26 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE- A possible government shutdown means many federal workers won't get paid because they won't be able to work during a shutdown.

But Congress, and the president, still get their pay checks.

All three of our local Washington delegates say they're giving up their pay if the shutdown takes away others' pay, especially the military.

U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, said, "I will be instructing the people who cut the paychecks to hold my checks until the military is paid."

"I've already agreed to do that several days ago and put it in writing. I just think that's what the members of Congress should do," said U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana.

"What I'm doing is gathering a crew of skeleton staff that would help me work through the shutdown without pay, at least for now, so we can try to end the shutdown and cut deficit spending," said U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-Louisiana.

With the looming threat of federal workers going without pay, and work, military members going without pay while working and tax payers going without paper tax refunds they rely on, people here say those who are causing the cuts, should get cut too.

"If it's good enough for them to shut off other people, they ought to be willing to shut themselves off as well," said Roger Sullivan.

John Taylor said, "If the people that risk their lives for our country are going to have to forfeit pay, I think that the people that are making this decision should have to do somewhat the same."

Tammy Dunn said, "Are you being a politician or are you being an American? If you're being a politician than you're in it for yourself. If you're being an American, who's representing us as citizens, then cut your pay first, show us you're on our side and you represent me."

Congressman Jeff Landry, representing the Lafayette area, is also vowing to go without pay, in the event of a shutdown.

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