The answer is Reps. Suzan DelBene and Derek Kilmer, both of whom have joined at least 64 other congressional members – evenly split between Democrats and Republicans – who say they will forfeit their pay until the federal government reopens. Click here for the complete list.
House Speaker John Boehner is not on the list, so he’ll continue to pocket his $223,500 a year salary. Taxpayer money well spent, don’t you think?
As for DelBene and Kilmer, both newly elected Democrats, they’ll have to either donate or refuse compensations earned during the impasse since the their positions -- and $174,000 salaries -- are authorized by the U.S. Constitution and are paid with mandatory funds.
Don’t worry about DelBene, though. She’ll still be able to afford the subsidized tuna casserole at the Capitol cafeteria. A dozen years at Microsoft made her a multimillionaire. Last year, she bankrolled her congressional campaign to the tune of $2.8 million.
In a statement yesterday, she said, “For as long as this unnecessary shutdown occurs, hundreds of thousands of public servants will be working without pay. When sequestration began earlier this year, I returned 8.2 percent of my salary back to the Treasury, and for the duration of this shutdown, I will return the remainder of my personal salary as well.”
As for Kilmer, the man who succeeded the legendary Norm Dicks, he went on Facebook to say he will give up his pay for the duration of the shutdown. “I am dead set against a shutdown because it will have serious effects on our economy and because many people rely on services provided by federal agencies,” he said.
“The fact that some in Congress would risk a shutdown in order to score political points demonstrates why Congress is currently held in lower regard than head lice.”
Well put, Mr. Kilmer.