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Wittman donates shutdown salary

Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 8:00 am

U.S. Congressman Rob Wittman (R-Va) is donating part of his salary to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Virginia’s First Congressional District representative will relinquish roughly $5,100 that he earned during the 16 days in which the federal government was shut down.

While most federal employees went without pay during the impasse, the 27th Amendment in the United States Constitution prevents any changes to Congressional members’ salary until the start of the next set of terms of office for congressional representatives.

But according to a Washington Post article updated on Oct. 10, at least 248 members, Wittman among them, said they planned to refuse, donate or hold in escrow the pay they earned during the shutdown.

Wittman shared his opinion that members of Congress had an obligation to set the example of what they would do with the money they received in that period of time.

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