Some members of Wash. delegation to forego pay

Some members of Wash. delegation to forego pay

Some members of Wash. delegation to forego pay

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by RACHEL LA CORTE / Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 1 at 12:11 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- So far, only three members of Washington state's 12-member congressional delegation have promised to give up their pay during the federal government shutdown that began Tuesday.

Reps. Derek Kilmer and Suzan DelBene, both Democrats, and Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, have all confirmed that they will forgo their salary for the duration of the shutdown. Members of the House and Senate make $174,000 a year, and those in leadership roles, like Sen. Patty Murray, make more.

While the three will automatically be paid during the time, they will return the amount equitable to their salary to the U.S. Department of Treasury. Since March, DelBene has already been returning 8.2 percent of her salary each month to Treasury in response to across-the-board budget cuts, known as sequestration, that were done earlier this year.

Kilmer and DelBene announced their decision on Twitter, and a spokeswoman for the House Republican Conference confirmed McMorris Rodgers' stand by email.

In a statement issued on Monday, Kilmer said that he believed "in leading by example."

"If Congress can't get its act together to stop a government shutdown, then I don't believe Members of Congress should be paid," he wrote.

A spokesman for Rep. Rick Larsen said that the Democrat would not be returning his pay during the shutdown.

"Congress is responsible for ending the Republican shutdown, and Rep. Larsen's constituents expect him to be working hard toward that end," spokesman Bryan Thomas wrote in an email response. "He will be."

Messages left with the offices of the rest of the delegation -- Murray, Sen. Maria Cantwell and Reps. Dave Reichert, Jim McDermott, Adam Smith, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Doc Hastings and Denny Heck -- were not immediately returned on Tuesday.

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