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Congress members still get paid during shutdown, some refuse

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Even though more and more federally funded programs are beginning to feel the strain, members of the US Congress will continue to receive a paycheck during the government shutdown.

The 27th Amendment to the Constitution blocks congress from freezing or cutting its own pay or compensation.

Lawmakers of the House and Senate earn $174,000 annually, while congressional leaders earn more.

Several members of Congress say they will send any pay they receive during the shutdown back to the Treasury. However, as of October 2, 2013, all members representing residents in the WTVM viewing area (West Georgia and East Alabama) will continue to receive their paychecks during the shutdown.

Max Gigle, Communications Director for Congressman Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.), says in particular, "Congressman Bishop is working to end this government shutdown, so he has decided to keep his paycheck."

Currently, 96 members have renounced their paychecks during the shutdown, including 52 Republicans and 46 Democrats.

From the State of Georgia, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.), and Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) have said they will refuse their pay during the shutdown, according to the Washington Post.

None of the members of Congress from the State of Alabama are reported to be refusing their pay at this time.

To find contact information for the members of US Congress in the WTVM viewing area, visit the list under the Quick Links Tab on the WTVM Homepage, or click here.

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