CNN keeps count: Congress gets paid, but who's keeping their paycheck?
October 3rd, 2013
09:25 AM ET
11 months ago

CNN keeps count: Congress gets paid, but who's keeping their paycheck?

(CNN) – 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?


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  1. Keith A. Sillsbury

    CNN, please clairify for us those who are having their paychecks or days worth of pay, withheld until the situation is over then they will accept it in full and those who have chosen to forgo pay altogether. We do need to keep an account of which ones need to be removed from office first.

    October 4, 2013 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  2. TRH

    To those saying it's their money and what would you do, I have one responce.

    I would have been fired if I took such an uncooperative stance on something at work and held up the operations if my company. So I would have NO paycheck. As they shouldn't.

    October 4, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  3. Sarah Muoio

    Wow Ellmers...you need your paycheck? So do families like mine with two children and one on the way where the husband-the main bread winner-is being laid off as of Monday because of your ridiculous shut down. Are you going to help us get back on our feet after weeks of no pay as we try to catch up? You politicians have no idea how your reckless actions are effecting the average citizen. For the people? It certainly doesn't seem that way.

    October 4, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
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