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Dem Rep Dodges on Whether He’s Keeping His Paycheck During the Shutdown

"And some members are working their hearts out to end the shutdown," Rep. Denny Heck said when asked if he would be donating his paycheck during the government shutdown.

By NTK Staff | 01.11.2019 @11:16am

Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA) dodged questions about whether he would donate his paycheck while the government is shut down during an interview on Friday.

MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson asked Heck whether he would continue to accept a paycheck while the government is shut down or if he would be joining the more than 70 members of Congress that have announced they would be rejecting their paychecks.

“So, the last time we had a shutdown, I donated money to charity or my salary to charity,” Heck said. “That shutdown actually affected a lot of federal employees in my district and there was a local organization set up in order to do that.”

“The fact of the matter is however Hallie, I think it’s real important to say, even if I do again what I did before, it’s not going to end the shutdown,” Heck said.

“I get that,” Jackson said. “I’m just asking for the fairness factor, right? You’ll have people not getting paid. Some members of Congress are donating, some aren’t. What are you doing is all I’m asking.”

“And some members are working their hearts out to end the shutdown,” Heck responded.

Jackson pressed Heck on whether his answer meant he had not yet decided what to do with his paycheck.

“We are looking for ways in which local organizations can help those people most directly affected,” Heck responded, never answering Jackson’s question.

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