Some lawmakers refusing pay during shutdown

Some lawmakers refusing pay during shutdown

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Some lawmakers are refusing their paychecks while the government is partially shut down.

Members of the House of Representatives make around $175,000 a year. They continue to be paid while the government is closed.  The same goes for President Barack Obama, who makes around $400,000 a year.

FOX 5 has learned that some members of Congress – including at least five from Georgia -- will either not accept their salary, or pledge to donate it to charity.

Representatives Doug Collins, Paul Broun, Austin Scott, Phil Gingrey and Rob Woodall will not collect their pay.

In all, 85 members of the House -- evenly split between Democrats and Republicans -- will either not accept or donate their pay.

That number could grow as the shutdown continues, and there could be more from Georgia who have yet to reveal their intentions.
 

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