Connect to Congress: More lawmakers refuse pay during shutdown


As of January 16, 80 lawmakers said they will not take a paycheck until the partial federal shutdown ends.

That includes some from Tennessee.

On Wednesday, News 5 spoke to Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).

She said she is taking her check, along with her staff.

She also said Democrats are more concerned about hold out on border funding than finding a solution to end the shutdown.

"Opposition continues to erode, and support continues to grow, and it is absolutely outrageous that the democrats will not come to the table and negotiate with the president to solve this issue,” Blackburn said.

President Donald Trump insists he will not back down from his demand for border wall funding.

Furloughed workers will get back pay once the shutdown is over.

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