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Courage Campaign Demands Members of Congress Not Get Paid During Government Shutdown

Tuesday, 01 October 2013

Brett Abrams : 516-841-1105 :

Group Demands Members of Congress Not Get Paid During Government Shutdown

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WASHINGTON, DC — As the federal government shutdown begins to impact the United States, a new petition by the California-based is demanding that members of Congress not be paid during the crisis.


“Starting October 1st, hundreds of thousands of middle-class federal employees will be furloughed due to irresponsible members of Congress who refuse to govern for the well-being of the American people. The GOP-controlled House of Representatives decided to shut down the government rather than pass a spending bill that funds the Affordable Care Act,” explained Dr. Paul Song, Executive Chairman of who started the petition.  “These Republican members of Congress — including California’s own House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy — are putting the extreme and ideological demands of a small minority over the health of the American economy. And now, federal employees, veterans, and hard-working families will be the ones that have to pay the price. As a doctor and a citizen, I find that unfair and morally reprehensible.”

“Congress should take responsibility for their own inaction and lose their paychecks until they come to a resolution.  Every day this drags on, the more damage it does to everyday Americans and our nation’s fragile economy,” added Song.

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Angela Chavez