U.S. Rep Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) says as long as the federal government is shut down due to the political stalemate in Congress, he will donate his Congressional pay to the Fisher House and the Battered Women's Shelter, 1200 WOAI news reports.

  "I am disappointed that Congress could not put differences aside and come together to fund our government," Castro said.  "As the state with the fourth largest number of federal employees, Texas is especially hurting during this government shutdown.  In San Antonio, over 20,000 Joint Base San Antonio employees have already been furloughed."

  Several members of Congress have announced they will not accept their paychecks during the shutdown, something that is not allowed by the Constitution.   But they are allowed to donate their paychecks to charity.

  Members of Congress make a gross pay before taxes of about $14,500 a month.  Member of Congress are paid once a month, on the last day of the month.