- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 26, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott says members of Congress should not get paid during a government shutdown.

Scott announced his backing of this proposal during a campaign stop Tuesday in Naples. The Republican governor also criticized Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson for getting paid during past government shutdowns.

Carlie Waibel, a spokeswoman for Nelson’s campaign, pointed out that Nelson had voted in favor of similar proposals in the past. She said that the problem with government in Washington was due to extreme partisans such as Scott.

Scott’s idea isn’t new. Other politicians, including Democrats, have proposed similar measures.

A Minnesota member of Congress proposed a similar idea back in 2015. Gwen Graham, a Democratic candidate for governor who was in Congress, also proposed ways to prevent a government shutdown in 2015.

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