NASHVILLE — You can add Republican U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Chattanooga to the list of congressmen who are having their salaries withheld or donating them to charity during the partial federal government shutdown.
“Rep. Flesichmann has asked the Chief Administrative Officer of the House to withhold his pay until the temporary lapse in appropriations is resolved,” said Tyler Threadgill, the congressman’s spokesman, in an email.
The shutdown began early Tuesday morning in a dispute over the Republican-run House’s efforts to use a temporary funding resolution to first defund and later delay portions of the federal Affordable Care Act from going into effect. President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats who control the Senate said no.
So far, the partial shutdown, which some Republicans characterize as more of a “slow down,” shows no signs of being resolved.
Earlier this week, U.S. Reps. Diane Black, R-Tenn., and Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., said they are donating their salaries to charity during the partial shutdown, which affects some 800,000 workers in “non-essential” jobs nationwide.
U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., said he was asking House officials to withhold his salary until the issue is resolved.
Members of Congress are paid $174,000 a year. That comes to $476.71 a day.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...