Why does Congress get paid during a government shutdown? It is in the Constitution. See => https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jan/20/members-congress-still-get-paychecks-during-govern/.
I agree Congress should not be playing such games with our military over something as absurd as legalizing the presence of people whose parents sneaked them into our country. What kind of leaders hold the safety of their own people hostage for the sake of foreign intruders?
Consider the irony. Congress — YES, CONGRESS — created the problem of illegal immigration because they won’t do what is required to defend our borders. So how do they propose to “fix” the problem? Democrats apparently think the solution is to not pay our soldiers. Really!
To add insult to injury, my congressman, Rob Wittman, was the only Republican member from Virginia’s delegation to the House to vote against H.R. 195: Continuing appropriations through February 16, 2018 (see => https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/115-2018/h33).
What was Wittman’s excuse? Here (https://wittman.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=1773) is what he says. Basically, what it comes down to is that he does not like continuing resolutions. Is that really a good reason not to fund the government at all? Of course not. As it is, he is just engaging in pointless grandstanding. There are enough votes in the House to get something done without him, which he no doubt knew in advance.
What about my two senators? Well, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner are both Liberal Democrats and part of the problem, not the solution (see => https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/115-2018/s14.