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Congress Gets Salaries Even During Government Shutdown

More than 1 million federal workers either will not get paid or will have their salaries delayed during the government shutdown. But those responsible for closing the government still will get their full salaries and on time.

In one of the ironies of the U.S. political system, paychecks for senators and representatives are guaranteed by law.....and the law cannot be changed except by amending the U.S. Constitution.

And any pay cuts would apply only to the next Congress.....not the current Congress.

A number of lawmakers apparently recognize that they, too, should share in the financial sacrifices that come with a government shutdown. Some say they plan to donate their next paychecks to charity, while others say they have asked clerks to withhold their salaries.

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