AJC: Four Georgia lawmakers gave up pay during federal government shutdown

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 17, 2014 

While the federal government was shut down last fall, many lawmakers pledged not to accept — or, after accepting, to donate — their paychecks. The logic wasn't sound (and neither were the optics).

That list included dozens of Congresspeople, including Georgia lawmakers Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and John Barrow. But the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is reporting that "of Georgia’s 16 members of Congress, four gave away their shutdown pay."

• Rep. John Barrow (D-Augusta) gave $5,936 to the Augusta Warrior Project

• Rep. Doug Collins (R-Gainesville) gave $5,200 to three charities in November

• Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) gave $5,049.76 to the U.S. Treasury in December

• Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Savannah) gave $7,500-$8,000 to Christ Church Anglican

"An additional five Georgia congressmen — all Republicans — sent letters to the chief administrative officer of the U.S. House asking for their pay to be withheld for the duration of the shutdown," the AJC's Daniel Malloy reports. "But this gesture had no practical effect ... Members of Congress are paid monthly, so the members never missed a paycheck before the government reopened Oct. 17."

Those five congressmen were Paul Broun, Tom Graves, Austin Scott, Lynn Westmoreland and Rob Woodall. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson both made no such pledges.

Rep. David Scott (D-Atlanta) said he wouldn't accept pay, but did, according to the AJC.

“The office was open every day and he fought to open the government,” said Scott’s chief of staff, Michael Andel.

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