Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., has asked to have his pay withheld during the government shutdown. He made the request Thursday in a letter to Dan Strodel, chief administration officer for the House Committee on Administration.
"If my constituents are feeling this pain, members of Congress should as well," Wilson wrote.
He blamed the shutdown on President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
"Because of President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Reid's failure to negotiate, American families are experiencing a shutdown," Wilson wrote. "Thousands of families at Fort Jackson and the Savannah River Site could potentially face smaller paychecks as a result of this dilemma. If my constituents are feeling this pain, members of Congress should as well."