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Missouri‚??s Wagner declines congressional pay during shutdown

‚??In the event of an appropriation lapse and a subsequent government shutdown, please withhold my pay.‚?Ě

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,‚?Ě she wrote. ‚??In the event of an appropriation lapse and a subsequent government shutdown, please withhold my pay.‚?Ě

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.

Contact Johnny Kampis at johnny@missouriwatchdog.org.

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