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Doc Hastings Among Congress Members Giving Up Pay During Shutdown

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Six members of Washington state's 12-member congressional delegation, including 4th district representative Doc Hastings, have promised to give up their pay during the federal government shutdown.

The six are Democratic Reps. Derek Kilmer and Suzan DelBene and Republican Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Doc Hastings, Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dave Reichert.

The government shutdown started on Tuesday.

Beutler went as far as posting to her Twitter that she will give 100 percent of her salary to a local charity. Members of the House and Senate make $174,000 a year, and some in leadership roles make more.
As for those keeping their pay, a spokesman for Rep. Rick Larsen said the Democrat would not be returning his pay, and the same goes for Democratic Reps. Adam Smith and Denny Heck.

Democratic Sen. Patty Murray will keep her pay. However, spokesman Matt McAlvanah noted Murray previously supported a measure that would have suspended all lawmakers' pay during a shutdown.

It's unsure what Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell and Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott will be doing with their pay.