Congress is still getting paid during the partial government shutdown, and that has many people outraged. Currently, members of the House and Senate earn $174,000 per year.
FOX 9 reached out to Minnesota's senators and representatives to see whether or not they are accepting pay during the federal government shutdown. We received the following responses from the delegates offices:
Al Franken (D): "I'm already on the record on this. During the March 2011 budget negotiations, we in the Senate agreed that if the government shut down, we shouldn't take our pay. So what I'm doing is donating my pay to a charitable organization that's helping people affected by the shutdown."
Amy Klobuchar (D): "The senator is giving her pay during the government shutdown to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, since lifesaving NIH medical research is being slashed during the shutdown."
Tim Walz (D): Will donate his pay to the ECHO Food Shelf of Mankato and Rochester's Channel One Regional Food Bank. "The political games and governing by crisis attitude must end. Hardworking families are suffering because of the uncompromising, reckless attitude of a few rigid ideologues in Washington. That isn't right and it isn't fair. That is why I will donate my pay to charity."
John Kline (R): No response
Erik Paulsen (R): Requested that his pay be withheld during the shutdown.
Betty McCollum (D): No response
Keith Ellison (D): "I am absolutely opposed to the shutdown and stand ready to vote for a continuing resolution to fund the federal government, all of it. But the Republican House majority has conditioned funding the federal government on delaying, defunding, and destroying the Affordable Care Act, even though it was passed according to law, confirmed by the Supreme Court, and prevailed during the last presidential election. The House Republicans have attempted to repeal the ACA 45 times and failed every time. This demand is unreasonable and I cannot accede to it.
"I am fighting to end the shutdown and the furloughs for all federal workers. I oppose the shutdown, don't believe in it, and did not cause it. I am deeply offended by the shutdown, and I empathize deeply with the furloughed workers. If handing back pay would help furloughed workers I would find a way to survive without pay, but of course it won't. Only allowing a vote on a clean continuing resolution will do that. The focus on Congressional pay is an attempt to draw attention away from the issue.
"The real issue here is that the Republican's government shutdown jeopardizes the paychecks of more than 18,000 Minnesotans, and makes it harder for Minnesota's families to put food on the table. It already prevented hundreds of people from getting new Social Security cards this morning in Minneapolis. It's time to end this unnecessary and harmful shutdown."
Michele Bachmann (R): "Congresswoman Bachmann has requested that her pay be withheld during the government slowdown."
Collin Peterson (D): No response
Rick Nolan (D): "Will take his salary, but is going to donate a significant portion to Minnesota charities."