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Which Georgia lawmakers kept their shutdown salaries?

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Our NBC News partners at WXIA are reporting that it became a fashionable question during last year's government shutdown.

While hundreds of thousands of federal workers went without pay, would members of Congress receive their checks?

11Alive's Matt Pearl checked with every representative in the state of Georgia today to see who turned down their shutdown salaries and who kept them.

During the shutdown, which cost $24 billion to the U.S. economy, a majority of Georgia's representatives said they would either donate their own paychecks or refuse them during the shutdown.

Four members of the House donated the equivalent of their salaries:

  • Rep. Jack Kingston (R) said he donated his salary to his church, per a spokesperson.
  • Rep. Doug Collins (R) donated his salary to three different groups in Gainesville.
  • Rep. Phil Gingrey (R) wrote a check to the U.S. Treasury.
  • Rep. John Barrow (D) donated $5,936 to the Wounded Warrior project, according to the Washington Post.

Every other lawmaker accepted his salary from the shutdown. Many had previously pledged to not receive any paychecks until the shutdown ended. But Congress ended the shutdown one day before House members were scheduled to receive their next paycheck. So throughout the shutdown, lawmakers never missed a check.

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