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Which local lawmakers draw paycheck during government shutdown?

Published On: Dec 24 2013 10:25:53 AM EST   Updated On: Oct 08 2013 07:42:55 PM EDT

Which area lawmakers taking paychecks during government shutdown?


WDBJ7 wanted to see which area lawmakers, including both Virginia Senators, are drawing a paycheck during the government shutdown.

Senator Tim Kaine and Congressman Bob Goodlatte have already had their paycheck withheld until the shutdown is over.

Goodlatte said in a statement to WDBJ7 "Because federal employees across the nation will not receive a paycheck during the partial government shutdown, I have asked for my pay to be withheld until the federal government returns to normal operational status."

Congressman Morgan Griffith has not decided what to do yet with his paycheck.  Technically the pay period for Congress doesn't fall until the end of October.  Griffith told WDBJ7 he hopes the shutdown will be over and he won't have to make that decision.  However, if it comes down to it, he says he will defer his pay.

Congressman Robert Hurt  also plans to  to decide at the end of the current pay period according to one of his aides.

He also sent the following statement to WDBJ7: " We have been working with laser-focus over recent days to represent the people of the Fifth District and to fund the operation of the federal government in a responsible way.  I have not yet decided how we will deal with the compensation for myself or our staff during this period of shutdown.  I intend to make that decision at the end of the current pay period which will wind up at the end of the month.  In the meantime, we will remain focused on breaking this unfortunate impasse and re-opening the federal government as soon as possible."

Senator Mark Warner's aide is the only one we spoke to that says he is going to be donating his pay as long as the shutdown lasts to a group providing financial assistance for federal workers.