Lawmakers still drawing paychecks during partial government shut - KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

Lawmakers still drawing paychecks during partial government shutdown

Posted: Updated:

WASHINGTON (AP) - There's at least one constant in a government shutdown: The 532 members of Congress continue to be paid - at a cost of $10,583.85 per hour to taxpayers.

 Lawmakers get their pay even as hundreds of congressional staffers are sent home, packs of tourists are turned away at the Capitol, and constituent services in many offices grind to a halt.

 House members and senators can't withhold their own pay even if they want to. Under the Constitution's 27th Amendment, lawmakers can only change the pay of those in a future Congress, not the one in which they serve.

 Lawmakers aren't oblivious to how it looks. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, and others (including Rep. Tom Cotton of Arkansas) are pledging to donate their salaries to charity during the shutdown.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Metro Radar

    Metro Radar

  • Child Support

    Cobbs has plenty of company

    Cobbs has plenty of company

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:21 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:21:34 GMT
    Former Razorback Cedric Cobbs is put in jail...accused of owing more than $10,000 in child support. He's not alone.
    More >>
    Former Razorback Cedric Cobbs is put in jail...accused of owing more than $10,000 in child support. He's not alone.

    More >>
  • Sherwood brothers take police departments to court for scanner lawsuit

    Sherwood brothers take police departments to court for scanner lawsuit

    Thursday, August 28 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-08-28 23:00:25 GMT
    Two Sherwood brothers battled the North Rock and Little Rock police departments Thursday for encrypting their police radios. Jeremy and Brandon Mullens want open access to all police radio traffic.More >>
    Two Sherwood brothers battled the North Rock and Little Rock police departments Thursday for encrypting their police radios. Jeremy and Brandon Mullens want open access to all police radio traffic.More >>