The Washington Times - October 3, 2013, 09:38AM

Democratic party head keeping Hill pay during shutdown

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida Democrat and chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will continue to collect her salary during the government shutdown that has furloughed 800,000 federal workers without pay.

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Several members of Congress, including Sens. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, and Barbara Mikulski, Maryland Democrat, have already said that they will donate the portion of the $174,000 annual salary they would have collected during each day of the shutdown to charity.

Thursday morning on MSNBC, Ms. Wasserman Schultz also addressed a tweet sent to her from her counterpart Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who asked the DNC to join him in keeping the World War II Memorial, closed by the government shutdown, open for veterans. Mr. Priebus presented a $150,000 check to the memorial on Wednesday.

She responded that she would like Republicans to join Democrats in passing a bipartisan agreement to reopen the entire government, not just one monument. She called Mr. Priebus’s tweet nothing more than a stunt.

“Nothing shocks me with the Republicans’ immaturity anymore,” she said.