Most of Minnesota's delegates in Congress pass on pay during shutdown


At least one member of Congress is keeping his pay while others are donating or asking that their pay be withheld during the government shutdown, The Associated Press reports.

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-5th District) is the only member so far to say he is keeping his pay. In a statement, Ellison says he opposes the shutdown, and doesn't believe in it, but "did not cause it."

In addition, WCCO reports, Ellison says "the focus on Congressional pay is an attempt to draw attention from the issue." He does note that if handing back the pay would help furloughed workers, "he would find a way to survive without pay, but of course it won't" and "only allowing a vote on a clean continuing resolution will do that."

The only member who did not respond to The AP's inquiry was Rep. Betty McCollum (D-4th District).

The other eight Minnesota members of Congress are either donating their pay or outright refusing it.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) and Sen. Al Franken (D) are donating their pay, as are Rep. Tim Walz (D-1st District). Rep. Rick Nolan (D-8th District) is reportedly donating a "considerable share" of his pay.

Meanwhile, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-7th District), Rep. John Kline (R-2nd District), Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-3rd District) and Michele Bachmann (R-6th District) all have asked that their pay be withheld.

The Washington Post says as of Wednesday afternoon, at least 108 lawmakers said they will are either donating or refusing their pay during the shutdown. Of them, 56 are Republicans and 52 are Democrats.

Members of the House and Senate have made $174,000 annually since 2009.

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