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Collins: Shut Down Government, Don't Collect Pay

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) As the debate over whether to defund the Affordable Health Care Act to avoid a government shutdown heats up, one local lawmaker says he nor his colleagues should collect a paycheck if the government does shut down.

“As Members of Congress, it is our job to keep the government running, and if the government shuts down, I don’t believe we should collect a salary during that time,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “It is wrong that Members of Congress should continue to get paid while programs for veterans, seniors and many others are adversely impacted.”

Collins says the Government Shutdown Fairness Act should be the boost to get Congress working toward a solution. "Members of Congress like everyone else have mortgages and other expenses, so I think it would be an incentive, and more than anythihg, the fairness piece says we should not be treated differently because we're in the Congress," says Collins.

Collins says this is along the lines of the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 (H.R. 325), which said Members of Congress would not be paid unless they passed a budget. Following the passage of No Budget, No Pay, the Senate adopted a budget resolution for the first time in four years.

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