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Baldwin, Kind to keep retroactive pay from government shutdown

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - At least a couple of Wisconsin's federal lawmakers say they'll keep the pay they're receiving for the time the government was shut down. 

Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin says she'll pocket the $7,600 she's entitled to receive for the 16 days of the shutdown. 

A spokesman for House Democrat Ron Kind of La Crosse says federal employees are being paid retroactively for their time off from work -- and Kind will accept the money as well. Spokesman Peter Knudsen tells WAOW-TV in Wausau Kind did not support shutting down the government, "unlike some of his colleagues in Congress." 

House Republican Sean Duffy's office still has a request in to withhold his share -- but House administrative officials said three weeks ago it won't happen. They said all Members of Congress will get their October salaries on the 31st of this month, as scheduled -- and while they could ask for a delay in their checks during the shutdown, the Constitution requires that Congress get paid on time.

U.S. Senate Republican Ron Johnson said he's returning his $7,600 share to the treasury.

Others said during the shutdown they would donate their shares to charity. Wisconsin House Republicans Paul Ryan, Tom Petri, and Reid Ribble all made that pledge.

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