CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - The partial government shutdown is now the longest in U.S. history and thousands of federal workers did not get paid on Friday.
Five lawmakers in North Carolina and South Carolina are showing solidarity, asking their paychecks be put on hold or donating the money to charity while federal employees remain unpaid.
Rock Hill representative Ralph Norman has taken that pledge one step further-- he wants to make it law members of Congress wouldn't get paid while there is a government shutdown. He is asking that his paycheck be put on hold until federal workers get money they've earned.
In a letter to House Chief Administrative Officer Phil Kiko, Norman writes: “If men and women serving this country in the CBP, ICE, Coast Guard, TSA, and US Marshalls office aren’t receiving pay, I don’t believe Members of Congress should be receiving pay either.”
The day before the government shut down, Norman introduced a constitutional amendment that would ban members of congress from being paid while the government is not open.
FOX 46 also spoke with representative Alma Adams who says this shutdown never should have happened.
“I don’t think anyone should work without getting paid,” said Adams from Charlotte. “This is a shut don’t that never should have happened. We don’t have any sense of how long this is going to last.”
President Donald Trump said he is considering declaring a national emergency, a move South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham supports: “The President believes that is his power, seems like the only thing left is for him to exercise that authority. I don’t see any action in the Congress.”
Adams says she feels differently: “He is holding our country hostage, and our employees, and I think it’s just a shame.”
On Saturday, this will officially become the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.