Find out which US representatives are keeping their paychecks
WASHINGTON, DC — While more than 800,000 federal workers, including some congressional staffers, are being furloughed during the government shutdown, members of Congress are still getting paid, as required by law.
But some members of the House and Senate–the very bodies that failed to prevent the shutdown–are giving away their salary in solidarity.
CNN reached out to all 533 current members of Congress about their paycheck plans.
As of Thursday at 5:00 p.m., the tally showed 32 senators are donating to charity or the Treasury Department, while nine are not accepting a paycheck and two are undecided.
Two senators, Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma and Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, told CNN they plan to keep their salary.
On CNN’s Crossfire, Coburn said that he plans to keep his salary and “spend it and tithe it and give to it charities and do the things that I’ve always done.”
In the House, 47 representatives say they’re donating to charity or the Treasury, while 65 are not accepting a paycheck and two are undecided.
Seven House members, however, say they’re keeping their salary– Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida; Rep. Danny Davis, D-Illinois; Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Indiana; Rep. William ‘Lacy’ Clay, Jr., D-Missouri; Rep. Howard Coble, R-North Carolina; Rep. Susan Brooks, R-North Carolina; Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-North Carolina.
“I need my paycheck. That’s the bottom line,” Ellmers told North Carolina station WTVD in a phone interview. “I understand that maybe there are members who are deferring their paychecks and that’s admirable,” said Ellmers. “I’m not in that position.”
Here are our numbers in two interactive spreadsheets:
- Government shutdown: Senators gets paid, but who’s keeping their paycheck?
- Government shutdown: House gets paid, but who’s keeping their paycheck?
By Dan Merica. Ashley Killough and Laura Koran
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