Members of Congress shouldn't receive their salaries if the government shuts down, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) said Wednesday.

"If we do shut down, members of Congress shouldn't get any pay during the shutdown," Snowe told Maine radio station WLOB. "I don't think members should get any pay."

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Snowe's comments come a day after 21 Senate Democrats sent a letter to House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew Boehner20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform Dem says marijuana banking bill will get House vote this spring Trump appears alongside Ocasio-Cortez on Time 100 list MORE (R-Ohio) requesting a meeting to discuss legislation sponsored by Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerOnly four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates Hispanic civil rights icon endorses Harris for president California AG Becerra included in Bloomberg 50 list MORE (D-Calif.) that would prevent lawmakers and the president from getting paid during a shutdown. 

"Our bill is simple: If we cannot do our work and keep the government functioning, we should not receive a paycheck," the Democrats' letter reads. "If we cannot compromise and meet each other halfway, then we should not be paid."

On the Senate floor Tuesday, Boxer called it "appalling and embarrassing" that “Speaker BoehnerJohn Andrew Boehner20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform Dem says marijuana banking bill will get House vote this spring Trump appears alongside Ocasio-Cortez on Time 100 list MORE has not done one thing to make sure his members and he do not get paid in case of shutdown."

Snowe did not say whether she thought the president should receive a salary during a shutdown.

Both the Democrats' urging and Snowe's statement come as the deadline to avoid a shutdown after April 8 looms. Recently, Democrats have been saying that a compromise around a deal that would cut $33 billion from current federal spending was close, but Boehner has criticized that number as “not enough.”

President Obama on Tuesday criticized Congress's failure to reach a deal by now, saying there is "no excuse" for dragging out the spending talks.

Josiah Ryan contributed.