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TN Congressional delegates designate pay during shutdown

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While 800,000 federal employees are on unpaid furloughs due to the government, taxpayer funded checks are still going out.

That includes those to members of Congress and the president.  However some members of Tennessee's Congressional Delegation from both parties have decided to give up their pay as Republicans and Democrats battle it out.

Since he was elected, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker (R) has donated his salary to charity.

During the shutdown, Senator Lamar Alexander (R), and Representatives Jim Cooper (D) and Diane Black (R) from Tennessee are donating theirs to charity.

Tyler Threadgill, Communications Director for 3rd District Representative Chuck Fleischmann (R) said today, "In light of the current government shutdown, Congressman Fleischmann has asked the Chief Administrative Officer of the House to withhold his pay until the temporary lapse in appropriations is resolved."

Representative Scott DesJarlais (R) will be accepting his paycheck. Noting that some members of Congress are better able to refuse pay, Spokesman Robert Jameson said, "Congressman DesJarlais is doing his job working for the people of Tennessee's Fourth Congressional District."

It is worth mentioning that Senators Alexander and Corker, along with Representatives Black and Cooper are listed among the 50 richest members of Congress. Rep. Fleischmann joins them in the "Millionaires Club" with a net worth of over a million dollars.    

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