EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCongress Approves Backpay For Furloughed Workers
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Dave Benton
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Oct. 5, 2013 9:42 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 5, 2013 10:20 PM EDT
Saturday was Day 5 of the government shutdown, and the House passed a bill that would provide backpay for furloughed workers.
Several members of Congress are giving up their pay during the shutdown, in particular, congressional leaders from the Eyewitness News viewing area..
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., urged Congress to skip their paychecks during the government shutdown.
"The American people expect more of up,” Manchin said. “They expect us to lead by example and share their pain until a budget resolution is reached that reflects our values and priorities as a country."
West Virginia's congressional delegation is vowing to give up their salaries during the shutdown. U.S Reps. Shelly Moore Capito and David McKinley, both Republicans, said they will donate any shutdown pay toward the public debt.
On Saturday, the House approved backpay for the $800,000 federal employees off the job during the shutdown.
Do these good deeds save their reputation with voters in our region? Eyewitness News took that question to the street.
“It's a shame we have people in government who can't settle this simple thing,” one man said.
Paul Bench, of Charleston, said the move by lawmakers does not get them out of hot water.
“They shouldn't have done it to start with,” he said. “It is politics to me. It's all just politics, and they need to grow up, quit doing the things they're doing and help the people of this country.”
Most members of Congress, except the top leaders, make $174,000 per year. The president's salary is $400,000.
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