Lawmakers still drawing paychecks during partial government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - There's at least one constant in a government shutdo The 532 members of Congress continue to be paid - at a cost of $10,583.85 per hour to taxpayers.

{}Lawmakers get their pay even as hundreds of congressional staffers are sent home, packs of tourists are turned away at the Capitol, and constituent services in many offices grind to a halt.

{}House members and senators can't withhold their own pay even if they want to. Under the Constitution's 27th Amendment, lawmakers can only change the pay of those in a future Congress, not the one in which they serve.

{}Lawmakers aren't oblivious to how it looks. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz,{}and others (including Rep. Tom Cotton of Arkansas){}are pledging to donate their salaries to charity during the shutdown.