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Utah Rep. asks for pay to be withheld: 'If we can't do our job, we shouldn't get paid'

Provo Mayor John Curtis celebrates after winning Utah's Republican primary to become the favorite to fill the U.S. House seat vacated by Jason Chaffetz Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, in Provo, Utah. Curtis of Provo, defeated former state lawmaker Chris Herrod and business consultant Tanner Ainge, son of Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Rep. John Curtis tweeted Monday morning if federal employees aren't getting paid during the government shutdown, then neither should Congress.

"Like in previous shutdowns, I plan to ask to the Clerk of the House to withhold my pay until the government is funded. Congress must be held accountable. If we can't do our jobs, we shouldn't get paid.

Curtis' tweet comes after talks that the shutdown and budgeting for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall won't be resolved until January.

The Associated Press(AP) reports about 800,000 federal employees are currently out of work and are not getting paid.

More than half of those employees are deemed essential, such as U.S. Secret Service agents and Transportation Security Administration airport agents. Thus, they must work without pay, though retroactive pay is expected, AP reports.

Another 380,000 were to be furloughed, meaning they will not report to work but would be paid later. Legislation ensuring that workers receive back pay was expected to clear Congress.

Democrats have offered to keep the spending at $1.3 billion for border fencing and other security.

Senators have approved a bipartisan deal to keep the government open into February and provide $1.3 billion for border security projects, but not the wall.

But as Trump faced criticism from conservatives for "caving" on a campaign promise, he pushed the House to approve a package temporarily financing the government but also setting aside $5.7 billion for the border wall. That bill lacks the votes to pass the Senate, AP reports.

Amidst the border wall debate, a GoFundMe campaign set up by a veteran Purple Heart recipient has raised more than $16 million of its $1 billion goal to help fund Trump's wall.

A campaign to fund ladders to climb the border wall was created in protest to the campaign.

"Ladders to Get Over Trump's Wall" has raised more than $129,000 of its $100 million goal.


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