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Sen. Johnson returning nearly $8,000 in shutdown pay


The partial federal government shutdown is over and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., will not take nearly $8,000 in pay during that time, an aide said Thursday.

Johnson was among two U.S. senators from Wisconsin and two U.S. congressmen representing central Wisconsin who said they would ask for their pay to be withheld during the government shutdown.

Johnson got paid $7,627 during the 16-day shutdown because his pay is direct deposited and that process couldn't be stopped, aide Patrick McIlheran said.

Johnson will return that money in a check to the U.S. Treasury, McIlheran said.

Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Republican Rep. Sean Duffy and Democratic Rep. Ron Kind also indicated during the shutdown that they were asking for pay to be withheld during the shutdown.

Spokespeople for them did not immediately return telephone calls or emails Thursday asking them how much money they were slated to earn during the shutdown and to clarify if having the money withheld meant they would not accept it retroactively or they would refund it to the government because it could not be withheld.

Duffy's spokeswoman, Cassie Smedile, said in an email that Duffy sent a letter to the Chief Administrative Officer of the House asking for his pay to be withheld. "We have not received further instruction as to whether that is happening or will happen. I will certainly let you know when we hear back from the CAO," Smedile wrote.


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