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      Oklahoma Congressman gives back his salary during shutdown

      Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin says he'll give back his salary to the U.S. Treasury during the government shutdown.

      The freshman Republican says his staff members have been deemed essential and will continue handling calls from constituents during the shutdown. A partial shutdown went into place Tuesday as the U.S. House and Senate were unable to reach an agreement over a temporary funding bill.

      Oklahoma's all-Republican delegation in the House voted in favor of a resolution that would have funded government but delayed parts of President Barack Obama's health care law.

      Mullin said in a statement that a government shutdown is a "worst case scenario" but blamed Senate Democrats and Obama for not listening to what Americans want.

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      Read Rep. Mullin's full statement:

      WASHINGTONCongressman Markwayne Mullin made the following statement in regards to the federal government shutting down due to lack of a budget agreement.

      "Unfortunately we find ourselves in the worst case scenario of a government shutdown. There were many attempts to avoid this outcome, but this administration and Senate leadership refused to listen to the American people and come to a responsible agreement.

      "As a business owner, you are always the last to get paid. In the case of a government shutdown, I will operate no different. All of my team members will be deemed essential and continue working in order to respond to the numerous calls we are receiving from our constituents.{} In order to off-set the cost of deeming each member of my team essential, I will return back to the treasury any of my pay received while the government is shut down.

      "My team works diligently to represent Oklahoma's Second Congressional District. We will operate under this course of action until a funding agreement is reached and the federal government is reopened."

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