DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz Says She Won’t Decline Pay During Shutdown

AP

Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Thursday that she won’t be joining her congressional colleagues who have said they will decline their pay during the government shutdown.

The Florida congresswoman was somewhat evasive when MSNBC’s Chuck Todd first asked about her salary.

“Because I support everybody who works for the federal government getting a salary, I continue to support reopening the government, making sure that everybody who is doing a job in the federal government can earn their salary and so that’s my position,” Wasserman Schultz said.

When Todd asked a follow-up, Wasserman Schultz gave a definitive answer.

“Yes, I’m gonna continue to take my salary,” she said.

Several lawmakers have said publicly that they will refuse their salary during the shutdown to show solidarity with furloughed federal workers. 

 

Correction: This post has been updated to refer to Wasserman Schultz as a congresswoman.

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