LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11)-- In the midst of a government shutdown, a time when some American citizens are unable to collect an income, more than 90 members of Congress have refused to be paid, including some local lawmakers.
In Indiana, Republican Senator Dan Coats and 9th District Congressman Todd Young, also a Republican, have asked for their pay to be withheld.
Kentuckians, Thomas Massie, a Republican representative of the 4th District, Democrat John Yarmuth, a representative of the 3rd District, Andy Barr, a Republican representative of the 6th District and Kentucky Republican Senator, Mitch McConnell have all asked that their paychecks be withheld, as well.
Barr, Yarmuth and McConnell have requested their pay be donated to charity. McConnell will be sending his pay to the Wayside Christian Mission. Members of Yarmuth’s office said the Louisville representative has been donating his entire salary to charity since first being elected to Washington in 2007.
Salaries for congressmen are authorized by the U.S. Constitution and funded through mandatory funding.