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Fla. politicians refuse pay during shutdown


Despite the shutdown, members of Congress will continue to be paid even though other government employees are on furlough.

That's because their jobs are authorized by the U.S. Constitution and are paid with mandatory funds, not discretionary spending dependent on annual appropriations.

Members of Congress can't change whether they're paid during the government shutdown, even if they wanted to. The 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prevents members of Congress from changing their salaries in any way. Any changes Congress makes can only affect future Congresses, not the current one. It would require a new amendment to the Constitution to change that.

As of early afternoon Wednesday, at least 108 lawmakers 56 Republicans and 52 Democrats have said that they plan to donate or refuse compensation earned over the course of the impasse

Below are the politicians from Florida who have opted out of their salary:

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.): He posted a photo on his Facebook page late Tuesday of him signing a letter asking that his pay be withheld "for as long as the federal government is shut down."

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.): "No small business would pay someone who refuses to do their job, Buchanan said in a statement Tuesday.  So why should Senators or House members be paid for failing to fulfill one of their most basic responsibilities?  They shouldnt.

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) - ''I don't believe we should be paid until this is resolved and I have requested that my pay be withheld,'' he said on Twitter, including an image of his formal request.

Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.): The freshman lawmaker plans to "donate his paycheck to a local veterans service organization," according to his office.

Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.): On Twitter Tuesday he said, "Today I asked NOT to be paid until the government reopens. #governmentshutdown"