Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Tuesday became one of the latest lawmakers to say he would be forgoing his congressional salary during the government shutdown, telling The Salt Lake Tribune he’s asking “that they hold my check until this is resolved.”
Members of Congress’ pay is ensured even during a shutdown because of the 27th Amendment, which bars Congress from changing its own salary. Still, lawmakers from both parties have announced they will either have their pay held or donated to charity.
The Washington Post has kept a running tally of the dozens who have said they will go without pay during the shutdown. Here are some highlights:
• Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced that he would donate his salary to charity for every day of the shutdown.
• Rep. William Enyart (D-Ill.) said he’s donating his pay to an Illinois food bank.
• Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) said she’ll send her pay back to the Treasury Department.
• Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Texas) said he’ll donate his pay to support injured military members, and filed a bill Saturday to suspend pay for Congress during the shutdown.
• Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said in a YouTube video he will donate his pay to the Wounded Warrior Project.
• Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) said in a statement it’s “only fair” she not receive her pay right now.
• Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) will be giving her pay away.
• Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will donate his paycheck to charity.
• Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) posted a photo to Facebook of his request to have his pay suspended.
• Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) said he plans to donate his pay to charity.
See more at The Washington Post.