As hundreds of thousands of federal workers continue to be impacted by government shutdown furloughs, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has no intention of losing his paycheck.
“I’m working," Lee told KUTV. "I’ll continue to be paid."
Lee's decision marks a break from his Tea Party and anti-Obamacare counterpart, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who on Monday announced he would donate his paycheck to charity. Congress' salaries are guaranteed during the shutdown, thanks to their money coming from a pool of mandatory funding.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Jim Matheson (D-Utah) were among the other Utah officials refusing their pay. As a senator, Lee collects an annual salary of $174,000.
UPDATE (Thurs. Oct. 3, 12:05 p.m. ET): Lee's camp quickly changed course later on Wednesday, claiming that the KUTV-TV story is "wrong" and that the senator will donate part of his pay to charity. Read the full report here.