Rick Scott says Congress should not be paid during shutdown

Posted at 10:10 AM, Jan 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-11 10:10:12-05

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Florida's newest Senator is already speaking out about the government shutdown.

Republican Senator Rick Scott released a statement Friday calling for Congress members' pay to be furloughed until the government shutdown ends.

“I’ve been a member of the United States Senate for three days, and it’s as dysfunctional as you think it is – probably even more dysfunctional. The vast majority in Congress say they want border security. The vast majority also say they want to open the government. So, of course, they won’t do either," he writes.

He says he is working with colleagues to make this happen as soon as possible. “The people of Florida deserve a government that functions. Period. And until that happens, Congress shouldn’t get paid," he says.

Scott was sworn in as Senator this month after two terms as Florida's governor, replacing Democrat Bill Nelson.

Scott is donating his salary for his entire term, as he did for his entire run as governor.

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