Cruz, others promise to donate pay during shutdown

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“I intend to donate my salary to charity for each day the government is shut down,” Cruz said in a statement Monday night. “Elected leaders should not be treated better than the American people."

Cruz has put the shutdown blame squarely on the shoulders of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). But Democrats and some Republicans in Congress have blasted Cruz’s tactics as leading to the stalemate. 

Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), a candidate for the open Senate seat in Michigan in 2014, said last week he would also donate his salary to local charities in the event of a shutdown. 

Peters blasted Cruz on Monday for leading the government into a shutdown. 



Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) said Monday night he would give back all pay he receives during a shutdown to the Treasury Department. 

"Though the Constitution requires that members of Congress must be paid, I will pay back to the U.S. Treasury the salary I am paid during the shutdown," he said in a statement. 

A proposal sponsored by Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) to withhold members’ pay in the event of a shutdown had racked up 17 co-sponsors by Tuesday morning. 

His bill would halt members’ pay during a shutdown. The funds would be withheld until the end of the 113th Congress.

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