EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSDuring Shutdown, Congressional Pay Strikes A Nerve
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Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Oct. 12, 2013 7:25 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 12, 2013 10:11 PM EDT
Take the money or not?
That's the question many members of Congress are struggling with during the government shutdown.
For many lawmakers who support their families on their government salary, withholding pay or donating it to charity can be difficult.
But any lawmaker faces charges of being out of touch if he or she takes a paycheck while workers are furloughed and government services are curtailed.
Dozens of lawmakers have made arrangements to have their salaries withheld or donated to charity.
U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said she issued a letter requesting that her congressional pay be suspended until the federal government shutdown ends.
Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will donate his salary during the shutdown to "Save the Children", according to a Twitter post by Hoppy Kercheval with MetroNews.
The Constitution bars lawmakers from withholding their own salary -- they can only vote on the pay of future Congresses. But members can ask that their paychecks get delayed until the government reopens.
GOP Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska apologized after he dismissed fellow lawmakers who were forgoing pay.
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