Lawmakers on both sides of aisle request pay be withheld or donated amid shutdown

<![CDATA[A slew of congressional lawmakers are vowing to decline their paychecks in a show of solidarity with federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown that stretched Saturday into its third week.Several House members have submitted letters to the chamber’s chief administrative officer requesting that their pay be withheld until Democrats and Republicans broker a compromise to end the partisan funding battle set off by President Donald Trump’s demand for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Government workers will miss their first round of payments as a result of the shutdown on Jan. 11.“I do not believe it is appropriate for members of Congress to be paid during a lapse in appropriations while hardworking border security agents and other civil servants are furloughed,” wrote Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.).Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) dubbed the shutdown “yet another sad example of Washington’s dysfunction and inability to compromise,” and House Freedom Caucus Chairman

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