Nearly half of the lawmakers have refused or donated their shutdown salaries, with many regarding it unseemly to collect a paycheck while their actions deprived more than 800,000 Americans of theirs. But some lawmakers have been vocal about their plans to keep their pay. Here are a few.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.)Murray spokesman Matt McAlvanah said the senator previously supported a measure that would have suspended all lawmakers’ pay during any such shutdown. That measure passed the Senate but was never taken up by the House. “She continues to support that approach,” McAlvanah told the Associated Press.Melina Mara/The Washington Post
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.