Will members of Congress get paid for the shutdown?

October 4th, 2013 | by Erica Felci | Comments

About 800,000 federal workers are on unpaid leave until Congress can agree on a new funding plan.

Lawmakers arguing over the shutdown got paid on Sept. 30, so they haven’t yet missed a paycheck yet.

They actually won’t feel it in the pocketbook unless the shutdown continues beyond the end of October, when the next monthly paycheck is due.

But will they take the money?

Our Washington-based colleague Raju Chebium has learned that California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer plan to donate their shutdown paychecks to charity once the federal government resumes normal operations.

The Coachella Valley’s congressman, Rep. Raul Ruiz, has asked House officials to withhold his salary for as long as the situation continues.

But once Democrats and Republicans resolve the stalemate and government returns to normal, the Palm Desert Democrat will get paid for the days the government was partially closed.

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