Triangle Congresswoman Changes Mind On Pay During Shutdown

U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers has decided to withhold her future pay during the partial federal government shutdown after saying she was planning on still getting her paychecks earlier this week.

The Harnett County Republican wrote Friday to a House administrator asking that her pay be withheld until government operations are restored.

Ellmers took heat from critics for saying she wouldn't decline her paycheck like other colleagues were doing. She told WTVD-TV in Raleigh: "I need my paycheck. That is the bottom line."

Members of Congress earn $174,000 annually. Ellmers' financial disclosure statement filed with Congress lists several liabilities, including a mortgage, credit cards and a loan for land at Topsail Beach.

Her decision means she wouldn't receive a paycheck Nov. 1 if the shutdown continued at that time.

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