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


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Members of Minnesota's congressional delegation are deciding what do with their own paychecks during the partial shutdown of the federal government.

Four are donating some or all of their pay to charities; four have asked that their pay be withheld. One is keeping his paycheck, and one could not be reached for comment.

Here is a breakdown of how members are proceeding:

-- Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, 5th District: Keeping his paycheck, and in a statement said, "I oppose the shutdown, don't believe in it and did not cause it."

-- Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar: Donating her full pay to the Foundation of the National Institutes of Health because medical research is affected by the shutdown.

-- Democratic Sen. Al Franken: Donating his full pay to Second Harvest Heartland, a hunger safety-net organization he thinks might see extra traffic during the shutdown.

-- Democratic Rep. Tim Walz, 1st District: Donating his pay to the ECHO Food Shelf of Mankato and Rochester's Channel One Regional Food Bank.

-- Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan, 8th District: Donating a "considerable share" to Minnesota charities; a spokesman said the amount and recipients are to be determined.

Requesting that their paychecks be withheld during the shutdown are Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson of the 7th District and Republican Reps. John Kline of the 2nd District, Erik Paulsen of the 3rd District and Michele Bachmann of the 6th District.

A spokeswoman for Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum, 4th District, did not respond.

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