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Kind to accept shutdown pay, Duffy silent on plans

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Rep. Ron Kind (D-3rd District) will accept pay earned during the government shutdown that he initially asked to be withheld, his spokesman said.

Ever since the 16-day shutdown ended last week, Newsline 9 contacted Kind's office multiple times to ask if the nine-term congressman would take that pay.

His office didn't respond until Tuesday afternoon.

"Furloughed federal workers are now receiving pay covering the entire duration of the shutdown so Rep. Kind will do so as well," said Kind spokesman Peter Knudsen. "Unlike some of his colleagues in Congress, Rep. Kind did not support shutting down the government, and voted to end the shutdown as soon as possible to get federal workers back on the job."

Most senators and members of Congress earn $174,000 a year. Broken down, it amounts to about $7,600 for 16 days of work.

Meanwhile, the office of Rep. Sean Duffy (R-7th District) has stayed silent on his plans for his shutdown pay.

Duffy's spokeswoman, Cassie Smedile, said in an email Thursday 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.

Since then, repeated requests for clarification have gone unanswered. A message left with Smedile late Tuesday was not immediately returned.

As for Wisconsin's two senators, each is taking a different approach to the pay they earned during the shutdown.

Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican, will return the $7,627 he received during the shutdown to the U.S. Treasury, aide Patrick McIlheran told Newsline 9 last week.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat, announced she will accept the pay now that the shutdown is over. She had told Newsline 9 she would not accept her paycheck as long as the government was closed.

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