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While the Republican-controlled federal government seems to be at a stalemate over a yearly budget, congresswoman and Winter Park resident Stephanie Murphy says she'll return her salary if a shutdown does indeed happen.
"I came to Washington to hold Congress accountable to the American people. Members from both parties should not get paid if they cannot work together to pass a full-year budget that funds our military and critical domestic priorities. That is why I will return my salary every day that the government is shut down," said Murphy in a statement. "Lurching from one short-term continuing resolution to another is reckless and wrong. It degrades our military readiness, disrupts essential government services that American families rely on, and hurts small businesses that depend on federal contracts, grants, and loans."
If Republicans (who control the House, Senate and White House) and Democrats can't agree on a bill by midnight tonight, the federal government will enter a partial shutdown, with all nonessential services going into a freeze. National Parks will remain open.
Murphy is a representative of Florida's District 7, which covers all of Seminole County and much of northern Orange County, including downtown Orlando, Maitland, Winter Park, and the University of Central Florida.