Missouri???s Wagner declines congressional pay during shutdown

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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.???

She???s among a handful of members of Congress who have stepped forward to decline their pay during the shutdown.

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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