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Nebraska Delegation Split When It Comes To Pay During The Shutdown

Nebraska Delegation Split When It Comes To Pay During The Shutdown

By Kristi Salyers. CREATED Oct 4, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.- While many of those workers make plans about how to make ends meet one category of federal employees is enjoying their guaranteed paycheck: members of Congress.

The 535 members' salaries are considered mandatory spending, meaning every member gets paid no matter what.

Some Congressional members have decided to stop their pay or donate it to charity during shutdown negotiations.

The Omaha World Herald is reporting Rep. Lee Terry responded with "Dang straight," when asked if he would continue collecting paychecks. Terry said in part, "I've got a nice house and a kid in college, and I'll tell you we cannot handle it.  Giving our paycheck away when you still worked and earned it? That's just not going to fly."

Rep. Adrian Smith is reported to have asked the government withhold his paycheck.  Sen. Mike Johanns says will reportedly donate more money to charities this year than he is making during the shutdown.
Nebraska other representatives will continue to collect their paychecks.