Some TN lawmakers plan to donate pay during shutdown

U.S. Reps. Diane Black and Jim Cooper say they will donate their salaries to charity during the partial shutdown of the federal government.

Black, R-Gallatin, announced she will sign over her paycheck to the Wounded Warrior Project. Cooper, D-Nashville, said he will donate his to Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee until Congress and the White House resolve the impasse that has forced about 800,000 federal workers nationwide to be sent home without pay.

The announcements come amid criticism that members of Congress have continued to receive their $174,000-a-year salaries during the shutdown. The 27th Amendment to the Constitution prohibits raises or cuts in congressional pay during a two-year session.

On the other side of Capitol Hill, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander also plans to donate his salary during the shutdown to charity, a spokesman said. U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, meanwhile, has donated his salary to the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga since taking office in 2007.

According to public disclosures, Alexander, Corker, Black and Cooper all have personal wealth of several million dollars or more apiece.

Spokesmen for U.S. Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Brentwood, and Scott DesJarlais, R-South Pittsburg, said they will continue to accept their salaries. Both list personal fortunes under $1 million.



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