Scott Peters Calls on Congress to Forfeit Pay During Shutdown

Rep. Peters is calling on Congress to forfeit their pay during the government shutdown.

“If Congress can’t do its job and pass a budget, they shouldn’t get paid,” said Rep. Peters.

The Times of San Diego quoted Rep. Peters in a January 20 piece, posted below:

San Diego Politicians Call on Congress to Forfeit Pay During Shutdown

POSTED BY CHRIS JENNEWEIN ON JANUARY 20, 2018 IN POLITICS

The U.S. Capitol at dusk. Photo by the Architect via Wikimedia Commons

Rep. Scott Peters and Josh Butner, a candidate for embattled Rep. Duncan Hunter‘s seat, have called on members of Congress to forfeit their pay during the government shutdown.

“In the real world, you can’t receive a paycheck if you don’t do your job — that same rule should apply to Congress,” said Butner, a former Navy SEAL who is running as a Democrat in the 50th District in East County, where Hunter has been the target of an FBI investigation into campaign financing.

The shutdown began Friday night amid an impasse over the future for immigrants covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Peters, who represents the 52nd District in coastal San Diego, called on all members of Congress to give up their pay during the shutdown.

“If Congress can’t do its job and pass a budget, they shouldn’t get paid,” said Peters who refused to keep his pay during the last shutdown. He has sought a law to that would ban pay during shutdowns.