After government shutdown, dozens of lawmakers gave to charity
from The Washington Post
From the very outset of the 16-day government shutdown last fall, members of Congress recognized its potential for political damage. Many of them, seeking to contain the possible fallout, pledged to give back some of their federal salaries earned while the government was not functioning. At the time, there were questions about the sincerity and political expediency of the pledges and whether it was even possible for lawmakers to decline their pay.
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