Rep. Vern Buchanan to refuse salary while government is shut down

October 1, 2013 

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan during a televised forum before the 2012 elections. FILE PHOTO/TIFFANY TOMPKINS-CONDIE/Bradenton Herald

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Rep. Vern Buchanan on Tuesday said he will not accept his salary while the government is shutdown, and urged his congressional colleagues to do the same because “nothing is more basic than funding the day-to-day operations of the government.”

“The failure by both parties and the White House to reach agreement and avoid a shutdown is yet another example of why Washington is broken,” Buchanan, R-Sarasota, said in a news release. “It’s time to put aside the partisanship and do what’s in the best interest of the country.”

Buchanan -- one of the wealthiest members of Congress -- has co-sponsored legislation (H.R. 3160) to block all members of the Senate and the House from receiving a paycheck until an agreement is reached.

“No small business would pay someone who refuses to do their job,” Buchanan said. “So why should senators or House members be paid for failing to fulfill one of their most basic responsibilities? They shouldn’t.”

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