HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - The people of western Massachusetts are not taking the partial government shutdown lightly.
Some people have suggested that members of Congress should forfeit their salaries for as long as the shutdown causes hardship for Americans.
22News spoke Wednesday with people who favor a payless payday for Congress.
“They should feel the pain they're causing other people,” Joanne Johnson of Holyoke said. “They shouldn't be paid, either.”
“If they shoot it down, if workers in America don't get paid, why should they get paid? They're the one's shutting it down. They should be the first ones not to get paid,” James Taylor of Holyoke said.
It's been tabulated that all the members of Congress together make about $10,000 per hour.
Some Congressmen and Senators have vowed to give their pay to charity as the shutdown continues, but the 27th Amendment to the Constitution prohibits any change in the pay of members of Congress from taking effect until after the next election cycle. Therefore, even if Congress resolved not to pay themselves during a shutdown, it can’t take effect until 2015.