Manchin Says Will Give Up Salary If Government Shuts Down

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says he'll give up his salary during any federal government shutdown, and he's asking his colleagues on Capitol Hill to do the same.

The West Virginia Democrat sent fellow senators a letter Thursday asking them to join in his pledge to forgo federal pay if Congress can't reach a spending agreement.

Manchin says he'll donate his salary to charity or return it. Senators are paid $174,000 a year.

West Virginia GOP Reps. David McKinley and Shelley Moore Capito
noted that they voted to forgo pay last week.

Other Republicans called Manchin's letter political posturing. They noted that he, like many senators, are multimillionaires. But Manchin said citizens expect elected officials to lead by example and share any pain from a budget impasse. Congress faces a midnight Friday deadline.

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