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Most NC lawmakers to return salaries if government shuts down

Posted April 7, 2011
Updated April 8, 2011

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— Some North Carolina lawmakers in Washington, D.C., say they will return their salaries if Congress does not reach a budget agreement leading to a federal government shutdown.

Republican Sen. Richard Burr signed a pledge saying he will return his salary in the event of a shutdown.

Democratic Rep. David Price also said he will not accept pay during a shutdown.

Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan said she would donate any pay she received during a shutdown to veterans' charity in North Carolina.

Hagan co-sponsored a bill that would suspend Congressional paychecks in the event of a government shutdown. The bill passed the Senate but has not been voted on in the House.

Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers supported a House bill saying that soldiers would continue to get paid during a shutdown. The measure was part of a GOP-sponsored one-week budget extension that the Senate is unlikely to vote on and Obama has threatened to veto.

Ellmers said she would vote for Hagan's bill cutting Congressional paychecks if it came up for a vote in the House.

Democratic Rep. Brad Miller said he will continue to accept his pay because he has a constitutional duty to continue serving.

Republican Rep. Walter Jones said pay and other issues should be decided only if an agreement can't be reached.

WRAL News has not received responses from Democratic Reps.G.K. Butterfield and Mike McIntyre.

House Republicans advanced legislation Thursday to avoid a government shutdown for one more week, cut spending and fully fund the Pentagon, but the White House labeled the measure a distraction and said President Barack Obama would veto it.

A partial government shutdown will begin Friday at midnight if a deal is not made. 


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  • tmh1375 Apr 8, 2011

    "I applaude Kay Hagan for introducing such a bill and I applaude those who will not accept pay for this debacle."

    She IS accepting her pay, she's just giving it to charity. Giving it to charity is great for the charity but don't be fooled into thinking this is a selfless act on her part. She'll get a nice tax write off so where is the sacrifice?

  • clawing Apr 8, 2011

    I'm not in Brad Miller's district but I hope he doesn't get re-elected. He doesn't deserve it. Neither do the others that take their salaries when North Carolinians are going without theirs due to Congressional incompetence.....Democrats and Republicans.

  • clawing Apr 8, 2011

    I applaude Kay Hagan for introducing such a bill and I applaude those who will not accept pay for this debacle.

  • razordj Apr 8, 2011

    "deep thought" boy are you wrong. i am a registered democrat, but this is the democrats problem. we are talking about this years budget. the democrats had control of house, senate, and white house. they sat on their buts and did nothing. there is no such thing as a "good" politician. the ones that start out with good intentions soon learn they are a minority. brad miller is an example. he believes he is more important than the military. like etheridge, it is time for miller to go home.

  • tmh1375 Apr 8, 2011

    "Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan said she would donate any pay she received during a shutdown to veterans' charity in North Carolina"

    What a sacrifice. I hope she enjoys her tax deduction.

  • spaten Apr 8, 2011

    What an arrogant and absurd response Rep Miller! What is it about performing your "constitutional duty to continue serving" that requires you to receive payment??

  • christine9 Apr 8, 2011

    Can Brad Miller be so out of touch with reality and his voters that he seriously thinks that HE deserves to be paid while our military heroes' pay gets put on HOLD?? I'm sure Mr. Miller could quit going to work and no one would notice. Can we say the same of our military? Do our elected officials even know the actual definition of "essential?"

  • jimmycarter Apr 8, 2011

    won't; not want mjk111259

  • ncsuecu Apr 8, 2011

    Cut off the expense accounts. Send the secretaries, clerks, etc. home because they are non-essential. Lock the Congress and President Obama in one room with nothing but bread and water. No salary for them until they get a budget.

  • mjk111259 Apr 8, 2011

    Really Brad Miller Really
    You think you should get paid and our military who are protecting your right to be free and our country's right to be free shouldn't get paid. Well -- Get ready--you just lost your relection bid Mr Miller.

    I want be voting for you and I am sure alot more folks want either..

    Un- Real----- The type of people we have in Washington. Un- Real