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October 1st, 2013
06:06 PM ET

GOP congressman: I won't draw a paycheck during the shutdown

The lawmakers that shutdown the U.S. government are still drawing a paycheck, while more than 800,000 government workers go without pay.

"I don't think we should get paid until this is resolved. So I have asked the clerk to withhold any pay for me until we get this up and running," said Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis, of Florida.

The freshman congressman is one of the more conservative members of the House Republicans, and wants to see Obamacare defunded or delayed.

DeSantis said House Republicans have been willing to bargain, first asking to defund of the law, then for a one-year delay of it, and then asking to stop subsidies that will go to Members of Congress and a delay of the individual mandate.

But the position of the president is that the law has passed, the Supreme Court found it constitutional, and therefore Obamacare is not a bargaining chip.

If lawmakers want to defund, delay, or chip away at the law, they can debate that however they want.

"The president's argument would be a great argument if he was enforcing and implementing the law as written," said DeSantis. The law that passed in 2010, "is not the same law that's being implemented. There are delays and waivers and I think Americans look at this and say yeah, there are burdens imposed by this law."

For more of our interview with Congressman Ron DeSantis, watch the video above.

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