UPDATED: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 --- 12:00 p.m.
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson's press secretary Melinda Whitemarsh Schnell says, "Sen. Johnson chose to operate his offices on a skeleton crew during the shutdown. We have one staffer in our Milwaukee office and one staffer in our Oshkosh office, and a few staffers in the Washington D.C. office. In the event a constituent has an urgent need, we want to make sure we can offer that assistance to them."
"The Members are allowed to delegate a small number of their staff as essential staff to work during the shutdown. Sen. Johnson chose to make sure his staff is available to perform his duties and respond to his constituents during this time."
"Sen. Johnson will not be accepting pay while the government is shut down. The Senator plans to send any pay he receives during this time back to the treasury."
Sen. Johnson's Oshkosh and D.C. offices will be open throughout the week from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. CT. His Milwaukee office will be open throughout the week from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 --- 9:05 p.m.
One group of federal employees who will continue to receive pay during the government shutdown is members of Congress. It's written out in the Constitution that their salaries can't vary.
But many have publicly announced what they will do with the money they receive during the shutdown.
NBC 15 reached out to Wisconsin's two U.S. senators Tuesday for comment.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin's office says she is forgoing pay, and because Senate rules require Senate offices shut down, a "bare bones staff of eight" is working without pay.
According to her website:
Staff will be unable to assist you during the shutdown.
Phones will not be answered.
Letters and emails sent to Baldwin will receive a response when her office is opened.
When NBC 15 called U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson's office during business hours to find out similar information, this is the recording that played:
"Thank you for contacting the office of Sen. Ron Johnson. Due to a partial government shutdown, we are operating with limited staff and are unable to take your call at this time. We appreciate your patience. Please leave your name and a brief comment, and we will address your concerns as soon as possible. I'm sorry, but that mailbox is full. Please try again later. Thanks for calling. Good-bye."
However, Johnson's official website seems to be running as usual.
Among some of our state representatives, the spokesperson for Rep. Paul Ryan says the congressman plans to donate any pay received during the shutdown to charity. His D.C. and district offices remain open and staff will continue to work.
A staffer for Rep. Mark Pocan says his office is also staying open.