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Lawmakers collecting perks during government shutdown

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Updated: 10/02/2013 8:30 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The government may be closed and government workers aren't collecting paychecks, but your money is still funding perks for members of Congress.

The in-house physician is still working, federal credit unions are operating.

The House recording studio where members tape high-quality messages for their constituents, is also open for business.

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Lawmakers are also able to send mass-mailings to their home districts on your dime.

Designers are still on the job, making posterboards for members of Congress to use on the House floor.

David Williams is with the Taxpayer Protection Alliance and he calls all this preposterous.

"They don't need these," said Williams. "What they need to do is they need to figure out a solution to this problem and get the government up and running again."

The subway trains that take members of Congress to and from their offices to the Capitol are also running, a trek that on foot, is a two-minute walk.

"Congress needs to suffer along with everybody else," said Williams.

Lawmakers are still collecting their $174,000 salaries, and they still have free parking privileges at the airports in Washington, D.C.

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xdolf - 10/2/2013 10:39 PM
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Shame on the reporters and writers of this article! Why didn't they mention the fact that the Democrats and Obama put together a subsidy for Congress' healthcare. And, even though the Republicans in the House have voted to remove the subsidy (better called a "perk") and have Congress subject to the same rules and law as the public, the Democrats have refused! Apparently they think they are better than the rest of us--and apparently the Media, including ActionNews Jax's reporters think so as well!

c9bcrewman - 10/2/2013 6:45 PM
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typical government screwing us as usual. vote them out.why should they get the perk's. they are574326678

Sammie - 10/2/2013 6:02 PM
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Lawmakers are still collecting their $174,000 salaries, and they still have free parking privileges at the airports in Washington, D.C. The subway trains that take members of Congress to and from their offices to the Capitol are also running, a trek that on foot, is a two-minute walk. Law makers need to suffer????? And, who's going to make them?????
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