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As federal workers miss paychecks, Louisiana congressmen split on whether to accept pay

January 11, 2019
In The News

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers weren't paid Friday because of a partial government shutdown, and at least six dozen congressmen nationwide say they won't take their pay until the shutdown is over.

Four Louisiana House members — Republicans Garret Graves of Baton Rouge, Clay Higgins of Port Barre, Mike Johnson of Bossier Parish and Ralph Abraham of Richland Parish — say they have sent letters asking that their paychecks be held until the standoff over government funding is resolved, but the other half of the state's delegation hasn't taken a no-pay pledge.

In addition to the four Louisiana congressmen, more than 70 other members of Congress say they'll turn away their paychecks until the end of the shutdown, according to a tally from CNN, which included Graves on its list but didn't note Abraham, Higgins and Johnson also delaying their pay, which for Congress arrives at the end of the month.

Abraham initially said he would take his paycheck as normal when first asked earlier this week. But a spokesman said the congressman had changed his mind and is now asking that his salary be withheld until the government reopens.

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