Congress still being paid during shutdown, but some refuse or donate

Posted on: 5:41 pm, October 3, 2013, by , updated on: 05:51pm, October 3, 2013


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some lawmakers are letting constituents know they do not expect to be paid while the government is shutdown.

Among the ones FOX 4 contacted and who responded to our inquiries, U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri) and U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Missouri) said they have requested their salaries be suspended until federal employees are back on the job.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) said she will donate the salary she earns during the shutdown to charity.

Senator Roy Blunt’s (R- Missouri) office said he will collect his normal paycheck.
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  • Larna Lewis says:

    They may say they will donate their paychecks, doesn’t mean they will. They will say anything to keep their seats in congress.

  • vicki carter says:

    At first Cleaver and Vicki Hartzler said they would take their pay checks. That was yesterday. Now Cleaver will not? Believe it when I see it.Maybe Cleaver can pay to the community what he stuck everyone with on his Car wash disaster .wash deal that he stuck the Mo taxpayers with. Big deal ,a tax deduction. Give us some real news,that they acknowledge it is not fair for them to be exempt. Amendmant 28

  • Fed up says:

    Suspend means he will still get and and give to charity so they can use it as a tax deduction later.

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