Unlike other federal employees, members of Congress can’t be furloughed and must be paid, because their jobs are authorized by the U.S. Constitution and paid with mandatory funds. But they don’t have to accept their pay. As of Wednesday, Rep. Lynn Jenkins (in photo), R-Topeka, was the only member of the Kansas delegation who had requested that her pay be withheld during the government shutdown, according to a list maintained by the Washington Post. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Overland Park, did co-sponsor a bill (which had no chance of passing) that would prohibit members of Congress and other federal officials from receiving pay during a shutdown.
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