By Bill Schammert, 1011now.com
LINCOLN, Neb. — Despite a partial government shutdown, Congress is still collecting paychecks, at least most of them.
Nebraska Reps. Jeff Fortenberry, Adrian Smith and Don Bacon, along with Sens. Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer, have asked for their paychecks to be withheld until the government is 100-percent funded.
“Hopefully all this will be resolved next week, but, if the partial shutdown extends, I will also withhold pay—in the same way as other federal employees,” Rep. Fortenberry said in an email sent to 10/11.
Senators and Representatives are guaranteed payment, through the Constitution, even if federal funding for other agencies comes to a halt. According to a report from the Congressional Research Service sent two weeks ago on the shutdown, “Due to their constitutional responsibilities and a permanent appropriation for congressional pay, Members of Congress are not subject to furlough.”
Pay varies slightly based on position, but members of Congress make $174,000 a year. If paid every two weeks, that would be a gross paycheck of about $6,700.
Democrats said they’ll pass a resolution to reopen the government when they return on January 3 and take over the House majority. However, it would still have to get through the Republican controlled Senate.