Posted: Oct 4, 2013 5:59 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck
Updated: Oct 8, 2013 4:26 PM
It's now day four of the government shutdown, and the standoff between the Democrats and the Republicans continues with no resolution in sight.
While about 800,000 Federal workers are furloughed during the shutdown, members of congress are still getting paid. But are they taking the money?
"I don't think any of them should be getting paid. They're not doing their job. If we weren't doing our job, we wouldn't be getting paid. So it doesn't even make sense that they should feel they should be getting paid," Lafayette resident Stephen Brown said.
Many in Acadiana seem to agree, if the government is shutdown, members of Congress should not be getting paid. Members of the House and Senate make 174,000 dollars per year, which breaks down to about 476 dollars a day.
Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Senator David Vitter (R-LA) say their paychecks during the shutdown will go to charity. Representative Charles Boustany has plans for a Lafayette-based charity and says in a statement
"My pay is in escrow during these budget discussions on Capitol Hill. If my staff isn't paid after the Federal government shutdown ends, I will donate my pay to the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of South Louisiana," Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) said.
"I think I really respect that because it shows how much they care about their country and their world. And it shows that they care about not starving innocent children and babies who done nothing to this world, who have done nothing to the government," Lafayette resident Lakayla Griffin said.