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As government shutdown drags on, some in Congress see fit to donate their pay (+video)

With federal workers furloughed, a growing number of lawmakers say they'll forgo or donate their pay. Such gestures, however, are not expected to tame public anger at Congress over the government shutdown.


The US Capitol looms in the background of a sign on the National Mall reminding visitors of the closures to all national parks due to the federal government shutdown in Washington October 3, 2013.

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As long as the government is shut down, US Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) of New Hampshire will be donating her salary to the New Hampshire Food Bank – about $477, or 953 meals, each day.

She tweeted her intentions Wednesday, joining a growing list of members of Congress who say they will donate or at least suspend their pay in solidarity with hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers.

Such gestures can’t hurt, political experts say, but they won’t go very far in taming public anger, and the hunger for a meeting of the minds on Capitol Hill to get the government up and running again.


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