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Three Wisconsin Congressional members refusing pay during shutdown

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - The people who brought you the U.S. government shutdown will continue to get paid while most federal employees won't. 

Members of Congress are still drawing their $174,000 annual salaries -- but at least three Wisconsin lawmakers say they won't take the money. 

U.S. Senate Republican Ron Johnson and House Democrat Ron Kind of La Crosse both say they won't take paychecks during the shutdown. Wausau area House Republican Sean Duffy has asked the House chief administrative officer to withhold his pay -- something that may not be constitutional.

According to the Washington Post, the 27th Amendment says salaries of House and Senate members cannot be changed until after the next elections for their seats. There's also a permanent law that requires everyone that's not on annual appropriations to keep getting paid. 

Congress is part of that exception, because their salaries only every change every 2 to 6 years. Some lawmakers have said they'll donate their pay to charity during the shutdown. 

Meanwhile, congressional staffers are not getting paid. Those found to be essential are staying around, and are expected to get retroactive pay after the shutdown is over. The rest are being sent home.

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