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Military troops on federal shutdown will work without pay but, Rep. Linda Sanchez can't forgo her check

Linda Sanchez (D-CA), Member of the United Sta...Image via Wikipedia
While most federal employees would
 be furloughed in a governement shutdown
and military troops are required to work
without pay; Representative Linda Sanchez
(D-CA) believes that she is in need of her
$174,000 Congressional salary.

Less than six hours exist for both Congressional Representatives and President Obama to design an agreeable fiscal budget to avoid a government shutdown. 

Meanwhile Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mary Landreu (D-LA) are stating that Congressional officials should not be paid during a shutdown or that they should donate any pay received to charity.

But for Representative Linda Sanchez (D-CA) part, noted on MSNBC on April 7th, stated she is not willing to forgo her $174,000 annual congressional salary. 

Congresswoman Sanchez, --an elected governmental employee-- strongly believes she should receive her paycheck, while other federal employees are furlough and military troops will be required to work, without receiving pay.

“I have to tell you, I live paycheck to paycheck, like most Americans,” she said Thursday afternoon on MSNBC News Nation’s Tamron Hall. “It's very difficult for me to say, ‘Hey, I can give up my paycheck,’ because the reality is, I have financial obligations that I have to meet on a month-to-month basis that doesn't make it possible for me.”

It is unsure if 16 million of the nations’ unemployed job seekers would continue receiving much-needed federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) payments, if the government shutdown was to last, for an extended period of time.

Representative Sanchez, a ranking member on the House Ethics Committee, said she has student loans, a 2-year-old son and two homes in her district and in Washington, D.C. She firmly believes her expenses require the need for every paycheck she gets.

Senator Manchin wrote to colleagues Thursday morning to ask them to pledge to return their paychecks to the Treasury Department or to donate them to charity if there’s a shutdown. And the House and Senate have each passed separate measures to freeze their pay, though some opponents say it violates the 27th Amendment to the Constitution.

Senator Laundreu, who appeared on one of MSNBC's morning programs on April 7th, noted that a verbal agreement was drafted in the Senate asking requiring members forgo their paychecks. No such agreement, verbal or otherwise, has been reached in the Republican controlled House of Representatives.

For Congresswoman Sanchez part, she states because she is not a millionaire, like other members of Congress, she needs her tax-payer funded income and, lives paycheck to paycheck.
“If you're a member of Congress who is a millionaire — and there are quite a few members of the House and Senate that are — it's really not a problem for them,” she said.

“But they don’t share the experience that most Americans share, that I know, having grown up in a family of seven kids to immigrant parents that you have to really stretch a paycheck to make sure that it covers everything. And, you know, this suggestion that it’s so easy for every single lawmaker to do that, that’s just simply not the case for a lot of us,” Sanchez noted.
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