At least 85 lawmakers will refuse, donate pay during gov't shutdown

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 2, 2013 

The days-old federal government shutdown -- forced by House Republicans who wanted to delay or defund the Affordable Care Act -- has furloughed hundreds of thousands of workers and reduced government operations in many agencies.

But the members of Congress who actually caused it are still being paid, as they must be by law.

Members of Congress make $174,000/year. But 85 lawmakers have said they will not take it, or will donate their earnings to charity. And the list is expected to grow.

Compiled by The Washington Post, the list includes Georgia representatives Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and John Barrow -- and does not include Reps. Lynn Westmoreland and Sanford Bishop.

The list is almost even between Democrats and Republicans.

At the same time, 17 Republicans have said they are ready to pass a "clean" spending bill, one without political commitments such as the delay of ACA. That group, with the Democrats, is now a simple majority in the House -- enough to end the shutdown, should Speaker John Boehner allow a clean bill to come up for a vote.

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