2 Oklahoma Congressmen refuse pay through shutdown

2 Oklahoma Congressmen refuse pay through shutdown

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The 7 Representatives and Senators representing Oklahoma in Congress. The 7 Representatives and Senators representing Oklahoma in Congress.

As the government shutdown progresses, two congressmen representing Oklahoma have said they'll refuse their paychecks through the shutdown.

Representative Tom Cole (R - Okla. 4th District) and Representative James Lankford (R - Okla. 5th District) both tell FOX 25 they've sent letters to the Chief Administration Office asking to withhold their paychecks until the shutdown ends.

Representative Jim Bridenstine (R - Okla. 1st District) has said he will not accept his paycheck at all while Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-OK 2nd District), plans to donate his paycheck to the Treasury.

In the Senate, Tom Coburn said earlier this week that he'll continue collecting his paycheck through the shutdown, making him one of just two Senators to do so. He told CNN he plans to "spend it and tithe it and give to it charities and do the things that I've always done."

Senator Jim Inhofe and Representative Frank Lucas (R - Okla. 3rd District) have not responded to messages left with their press or communications office.

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    Senator Jim Inhofe

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    U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) is the senior senator from Oklahoma and was first elected to the Senate in 1994. He is a ranking member of the Committee on Armed Services.
    U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) is the senior senator from Oklahoma and was first elected to the Senate in 1994. Prior to winning the Senate seat, he represented Oklahoma's 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Senator Tom Coburn

    Senator Tom Coburn

    Tom A. Coburn, M.D. was elected to the U.S. Senate on November 2, 2004. Prior to his election to the Senate, Dr. Coburn represented Oklahoma's Second District in the House of Representatives from 1995 through 2001.
    Tom A. Coburn, M.D. was elected to the U.S. Senate on November 2, 2004. Prior to his election to the Senate, Dr. Coburn represented Oklahoma's Second Congressional District in the House of Representatives from 1995 through 2001.
  • Representative Jim Bridenstine

    Representative Jim Bridenstine

    Representative Jim Bridenstine (R) represents Oklahoma's First District which includes Tulsa. Rep. Bridenstine was elected in November 2012 and began his first term in officer in 2013.
    Representative Jim Bridenstine (R) represents Oklahoma's First District which includes Tulsa. Rep. Bridenstine was elected in November 2012 and began his first term in officer in 2013.
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