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Congress pay will continue during shutdown

WASHINGTON D.C. -- If a government shutdown occurs Tuesday an estimated 800,000 federal workers will be furloughed. The remaining essential will work without a paycheck until the shutdown is over.

The Constitution mandates Congress continue to receive their pay. The 27th amendment was passed to prevent Congress from giving themselves pay raises, but during a shutdown it means they must be paid.

There's a constitution requirement that you cannot adjust upward or downward a member's salary. That's in law so whether you accept it or not it has to be paid, said Rep. Paul Tonko (D) Amsterdam.

Some lawmakers have pledged to donate their pay during the shutdown. A bill is in committee to deem Congress non-essential, but it will likely be superseded by the 27th amendment.

I don't think we should get paid, but there's no reason here, said Rep. Chris Gibson. The Senate's got a good bill here they should pass it and send it to the President.