U.S. Capitol at dusk
The U.S. Capitol at dusk. Photo by the Architect via Wikimedia Commons

Rep. Scott Peters and Josh Butner, a candidate for embattled Rep. Duncan Hunter‘s seat, have called on members of Congress to forfeit their pay during the government shutdown.

“In the real world, you can’t receive a paycheck if you don’t do your job — that same rule should apply to Congress,” said Butner, a former Navy SEAL who is running as a Democrat in the 50th District in East County, where Hunter has been the target of an FBI investigation into campaign financing.

The shutdown began Friday night amid an impasse over the future for immigrants covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Peters, who represents the 52nd District in coastal San Diego, called on all members of Congress to give up their pay during the shutdown.

“If Congress can’t do its job and pass a budget, they shouldn’t get paid,” said Peters who refused to keep his pay during the last shutdown. He has sought a law to that would ban pay during shutdowns.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.