With the government shut down, most federal employees will have paychecks delayed or be sent home — 800,000 workers are furloughed. But the lawmakers responsible for the shutdown still get their money because, well, that’s the law.
That’s because salaries for most federal workers, everyone from staff at national zoos to bureaucrats in Washington, are funded through annual appropriations — the money Congress failed to allocate by its Oct. 1 deadline. (Via Travel Channel, NBC)
But salaries for Senators and Representatives, and for the president, are actually written into permanent law. Members of the House and Senate will keep taking home their annual $174,000 paycheck. (Via The White House)
House Speaker John Boehner’s $223,500 salary will remain intact.