Shaheen, Ayotte Donating Salary To Charity During Shutdown

Oct 2, 2013

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says via Twitter that she's donating her salary to the New Hampshire Food Bank for as long as the government shutdown goes on.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's tweet.
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"Congress needs to come together, got govt working again," Shaheen wrote in the tweet.

A spokeman from Sen. Kelly Ayotte's office released this statement Tuesday: “Any days that federal workers do not get paid, Sen. Ayotte will donate her salary to a New Hampshire charity.”

Shaheen and Ayotte both earn a salary of $174,000.

And 2nd District Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster's office released a statement saying she is donating her a portion of her pay to Child and Family Services of New Hampshire and organizations serving veterans and military families.

They join a growing list of members of Congress who have pledged to go unpaid until the shutdown is resolved.

Asked about giving up her salary, 1st District Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter says, "My husband and I contribute regularly to good causes. We'll continue to make charitable donations. We have always kept our charitable giving private and will continue to do so."