Idaho delegation will forgo pay during shutdown

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The Idaho congressional delegation said they will not take pay during the government shutdown. This comes as more than 800,000 federal employees are furloughed.

Many voters were upset to learn that Congress is paid regardless of a shutdown because of requirements by the Constitution. The average congressman makes $174,000 a year which averages out to about $184 an hour for the time worked so far this year.

"The fact that they're still getting paid while it's in shutdown while not making any decisions, or any progress, or moving forward is something I have a little bit of a hard time with," said Braydon Wardop of Utah.

Idaho Senator Jim Risch and Senator Mike Crapo say they will donate their pay during the shutdown to charity. Although they didn't specify which one. Both Congressman Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson say they will have their pay withheld during this time.

Many residents told us they were glad to hear that, but were also upset the shutdown happened in the first place. It's still unclear at this point when it will end.