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As you may have heard, some North Carolina congressional lawmakers have chosen to reject their paychecks during the government shutdown. But not GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers.  And she offers an explanation as to why.

“The thing of it is, I need my paycheck. That is the bottom line,” Ellmers told WTVD, the Raleigh ABC station Wednesday.

More than 70 congressional lawmakers are voluntarily not taking a salary during the partial government shutdown. Democrat David Price of Chapel Hill and Republican Robert Pittenger of Charlotte are among those donating it to the U.S. Treasury.

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