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Bustos won't take pay

Published: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 12:33 p.m. CST
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, who represents Whiteside County, will not take her paycheck during the government shutdown after all.

“Congressman Bustos took the step of asking the chief administrative officer of the House to withhold her paycheck until the current government shutdown is resolved,” her spokesman, Colin Milligan, said in an email Wednesday. 

During a telephone news conference, a reporter repeatedly asked the East Moline Democrat whether she planned to accept her pay during the shutdown. Others in Congress have said they wouldn’t. 

Bustos wouldn’t give the reporter a yes-or-no answer. She said she supported the No Government, No Pay Act, which would bar pay for members of Congress during shutdowns. The Constitution bars any measures from affecting members’ pay during their current terms in office, so the legislation couldn’t take effect until their next terms. 

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, whose district includes Lee County, announced Tuesday that he would refuse his pay during the shutdown. 

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