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Which San Diego Congress Members Have Pledged Their Paychecks During Shutdown?

Above: San Diego's congressional delegation (from left to right): Scott Peters (D-Calif.), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Susan Davis (D-Calif.), Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Juan Vargas (D-Calif.)

Aired 10/8/13 on KPBS News.

As the partial government shutdown enters its second week of leaving thousands of San Diego federal workers without pay, some of San Diego’s congressional representatives are standing in solidarity and pledging to part with their own paychecks.

As the partial government shutdown enters its second week, leaving thousands of San Diego federal workers without pay, some of San Diego’s congressional representatives are standing in solidarity and pledging to part with their own paychecks.

Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) said he'll donate his paycheck to groups and charities in his district that are hurt by the shutdown.

“I do not believe that the leadership failure of the Republican majority can subject 800,000 workers to furloughs, and countless Americans to service delays and closures, while I collect a paycheck,” Peters said in a released statement.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the wealthiest member of Congress, said he already donates his entire congressional salary to charity.

Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.) requested that her paychecks be held until the shutdown is over.

In a released statement, Davis said, "Although the Constitution says members must be paid, it is only fair that members of Congress, as federal workers, should share the burden with those affected by the shutdown.”

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) said he was a co-sponsor of legislation passed over the weekend to ensure back pay for furloughed government workers. Hunter said he will suspend his pay until a resolution is passed.

Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) could not be reached for comment.

As reported in The Washington Post, more than 200 other members of Congress have also pledged to donate or withhold their salaries during the shutdown. Standard pay for senators and representatives is $174,000 per year, and more if they hold leadership positions.

Comments

Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | October 8, 2013 at 8:13 a.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

If Vargas doesn't say something quick, he's going to look very bad next to the likes of Issa.

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 8, 2013 at 10:09 a.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

Mr. Issa's congressional salary, something that would be a great deal of money to most Americans, is like pocket change to him.

And yet, someone of his great wealth, is firmly against expanding health care to those who can't afford it.

It boggles my mind how out of touch some of these people are.

I don't fault him for being rich, there are some rich people who are very down to earth and who get it.

I fault him for being ectrmely out of touch, arrogant, and immoral.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | October 8, 2013 at noon ― 1 year, 2 months ago

I'm surprised Vargas could not even be bothered for a comment.

So here is an interesting comment from another politician instead:

"Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘‘the buck stops here.’’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grand-children. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit."

- Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) March 16, 2006

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thompsonrichard | October 8, 2013 at 12:27 p.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

When Scott Peters was elected, the average net worth of a Congressman went from less that $1 million to more than $2 million overnight. Better an outright foe, than a false friend (I sent $10 to Carl DeMaio for Congress). I did vote for Mr. Peters, but that was before he left a message on Bob Filner's answering machine, urging him to quit.

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