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After cashing last paychecks, House members vow to hold the next ones

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While Lee took some heat for that confusion, other members’ answers to the pay question have caused outright consternation.

Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., told the Omaha World Herald that "dang straight" he was going to take his paycheck, noting that other members were just seeking headlines.

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"Whatever gets them good press," Terry told the newspaper last week. "That’s all it’s going to be. God bless them. But you know what? I’ve got a nice house and a kid in college, and I’ll tell you we cannot handle it. Giving our paycheck away when you still worked and earned it? That’s just not going to fly."

Terry later said he was "ashamed" of his comments and apologized. He said he would ask for his pay to be withheld until the government is up and running.

And if that’s before Oct. 30, the House Clerk won’t have to do anything.


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