U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann withholds pay during shutdown

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann withholds pay during shutdown

October 4th, 2013 by Andy Sher in Local Regional News

Chuck Fleischmann

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NASHVILLE -- Add Republican U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann to the list of congressmen who are having their salaries withheld or donated to charity during the partial federal government shutdown.

"Rep. Fleischmann 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.

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 "nonessential" jobs nationwide. U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., said he is asking House officials to withhold his salary until the issue is resolved.

Members of Congress are paid $174,000 a year, or about $476.71 every day of the year.