OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said he plans to donate a portion of his pay to charity if the government shutdown continues.
Representative Kurt Schrader said he will donate his entire salary. He said he will choose an Oregon charity to be named later. Ore. Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley is putting his salary into an escrow account but his spokesman said he not yet decided what to do with it.
Congressman Earl Blumenauer has contributed an additional $10,000 to charity above his usual donations split evenly between scholarships to PSU, PCC, and donations to Meals on Wheels and the Northwest Pilot Project.
Three members of Washington state's 12-member congressional delegation have pledged to give up their pay during the federal government shutdown.
Wash. Reps. Derek Kilmer, Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene, all Democrats, and Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, have all confirmed that they will forgo their salary for the duration of the shutdown. While they will automatically be paid during the time, they said they would return the amount equal to their salary to the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Republican Rep. Jaimie Herrera Beutler said she will donate her entire pay to charity.
Members of the House and Senate make $174,000 a year, and those in leadership roles, like Sen. Patty Murray, make more. Murray said that she will keep her pay.
Messages left with the offices of the rest of the Wash. delegation -- Sen. Maria Cantwell and Reps. Dave Reichert, Jim McDermott, Adam Smith, Doc Hastings and Denny Heck -- were not immediately returned on Tuesday.