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VIDEO: CNN host asks GOP Reps if they’ll forgo pay during government shutdown, awkwardness ensues

On CNN this Monday, host Ashleigh Banfield put two GOP representatives on the spot, asking if they’d forgo their paychecks in the event of a government shutdown.

On CNN this Monday, host Ashleigh Banfield put two GOP representatives on the spot, asking if they’d forgo their paychecks in the event of a government shutdown.

During the segment, Banfield directly asked Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) how much they’d be willing to sacrifice to show solidarity with the American people in case a shutdown actually happened.

“So you are both paid $174,000 a year, and that is the salary,” Banfield started out. “Would you be prepared to add some rider or amendment on to a continuing resolution that would take you out of the essential services category and stop payment on your paychecks in order to get a continuing resolution through?”

After a long pause, the two awkwardly tried to direct the conversation to a different topic, but the CNN host didn’t let them off that easily.

Watch the exchange in the video below.

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