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Sen. Tammy Baldwin also not taking paycheck during shutdown


Sen. Tammy Baldwin will not accept a paycheck as long as the government shutdown lasts, according to her office.

Baldwin is among other Wisconsin lawmakers who are asking for pay to be withheld during the government shutdown, including Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-7th District), and Rep. Ron Kind (D-3rd District).

Newsline 9 had tried to contact Baldwin Tuesday to ask about this, but her office phone went directly to a voice message system.

On Wednesday, her press office said Baldwin's staff is operating on a "bare bones" basis.

"For us, offices in Milwaukee, Madison and Washington, D.C. are operating with a limited staff," said an email from Baldwin's press office to Newsline 9. "Although our office is currently operating at a limited capacity, people can still call or email. Given the limited staff available, we are doing our best to answer phone calls. Requests for assistance are being monitored for emergency needs and we will be sure to respond to any other inquiries as soon as the shutdown ends and the government is opened."

Sen. Johnson is also maintaining a limited staff in his offices, according to spokeswoman Melinda Whitemarsh Schnell.

"Members of Congress are allowed to delegate a number of their staff as essential to work during the shutdown," said Schnell in an email. "Senator Johnson chose to make sure his staff is available to attend to his constitutional duties and respond to his constituents during this time."

The federal government shut down at midnight Tuesday.

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