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.
.@sentedcruz joining me to donate pay to charity, but not to stop shutdown. I urge you to drop politics. Irresponsible to do anything less.— Gary Peters (@RepGaryPeters) October 1, 2013
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.