US Lawmakers offer to donate, withhold pay during shutdown

By KBJR News 1

October 2, 2013 Updated Oct 2, 2013 at 7:29 PM CDT

Washington, D.C. (NNCNOW.com) - There is no sign of compromise on Capitol Hill on day two of the Government shutdown.

Republicans and Democrats are bickering over what is normally a routine temporary spending bill and that deadlock has shut down federal agencies all across the country.

The stalemate is forcing 800,000 federal employees to stay at home and forcing services many of us rely on to come to a screeching halt.

You can call it a political stunt or you can call it compassion.

A number of lawmakers including several in Minnesota and Wisconsin say they're donating their pay to charity or having it withheld.

Officials with Congressman Rick Nolan's office said the 8th District Representative will donate a substantial portion of his salary during the shutdown to Minnesota charities.

Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, 7th district Republic Representative Sean Duffy said he's asking for his pay to be withheld.

What's not clear, at this point, is if he'll get that money back when the shutdown is over.

US Senator Amy Klobuchar said in a Facebook post she'll donate her pay to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. She said the organization's medical research is being slashed during the shutdown, including clinical trials for kids with cancer.

US Senator Al Franken said he'll be donate his salary to hunger relief.

"Second Harvest Heartland works throughout MN to help hungry families. They help food shelves throughout Minnesota by making sure food that otherwise would be wasted goes to people who need it," Sen. Franken said Wednesday.

Senator Franken said he would like to see the House of Representatives take a vote on a clean continuing resolution which was sent back to the house.

He said it would help get the government up and running again.

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