Missouri’s Wagner declines congressional pay during shutdown
This article originally appeared on watchdog.org.
One Missouri congresswoman is standing in solidarity with the numerous furloughed government employees.
U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., sent a letter to Congress’ chief administration officerDan Strodel prior to Tuesday’s government shutdown asking that her salary be withheld during the hiatus.
“I have been informed that in the event of a government shutdown, Members of Congress would continue to receive their salary,” she wrote. “In the event of an appropriation lapse and a subsequent government shutdown, please withhold my pay.”
Members of both the Senate and House of Representatives earn $174,000 annually, or about $477 per day.
Wagner had a somewhat heated conversation with CNN’S Wolf Blitzer Monday night on the fight over the spending bill that led to the shutdown.
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