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Sen. Al Franken to Donate Pay During Shutdown to Second Harvest Heartland

Franken chose this organization because he said people who rely on the federal government’s safety net programs may need help making ends meet as a result of the shutdown.

Sen. Al Franken will be donating the salary he receives while the federal government is shut down to Second Harvest Heartland, a hunger relief organization that works throughout Minnesota.

Franken chose this organization because he said people who rely on the federal government’s safety net programs may need help making ends meet as a result of the shutdown. 

“Second Harvest Heartland is a great organization that works throughout Minnesota, providing vital assistance to families who would otherwise go hungry,” Franken said in a news release. “Just as I was prepared to do in 2011 when we faced a possible shutdown, I won’t be taking my salary. I believe that while the government is shut down, donating my salary to charity is the right thing to do, and I’m going to make sure that money goes toward helping people who might be badly affected by the shut down.” 

Franken has long been on the record about this issue. In March 2011, when the government was facing a potential shutdown, Sen. Franken was among the members of the Senate who agreed that if the government shut down, they shouldn’t take their pay.

RELATED: Keith Ellison Says Government Shutdown 'Unconscionable', but Will Keep His Pay

Earlier this week, Sen. Franken and a majority in the Senate voted to extend funding for the federal government to avert a shutdown.

Mike B. October 03, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Franken and his fellow Democrats have shut down the government. Franken's pathetic attempt to gain favor with the voters by forgoing his pay is viewed with appropriate contempt by Minnesota voters. I urge Speaker Boehner and all patriotic congressman to begin impeachment hearings against President Obama. How could one President so wreck our country in just five years?
Wood Worker Morris October 03, 2013 at 02:38 PM
OMG delusional-ism at it best. @mike B I do not like making myself to public but this is a time I will make an exception. Michelle Bachmann just said it in a meeting with Obama and the Republicans in the last couple of day of this shutdown. She said, "We are where we wanted to be. We shut down the government." Yes Republicans, YOU shut down the government. You are where you wanted to be. There are three things that cannot be long hidden. The Sun, The Moon, and the Truth. Get informed and quit your spin searching and refuse to be a tool.
Maya Bender October 03, 2013 at 03:48 PM
THIS MN voter feels pride in her senator for standing up to the bullying tactics of House Republicans and for doing the right thing by donating his pay to those hurt by the actions of Republicans. Obama didn't wreck this nation. He's been rebuilding what was wrecked in the previous 8 years before he took office.
JB October 03, 2013 at 03:49 PM
So Mike, your knowledge of civics only goes back 5 years? That's sad. Let me bring you back just a bit further. The elder Bush & his administration ruined our economy. Clinton & his administration not only cleaned up their mess but left us with a very sizeable surplus. Enter Bush #2 who not only completely obliterated that surplus but left us in a state not seen since the Great Depression. Obama has done what he could to right the ship. The GOPers have fought this administration every step of the way, manufacturing problems if necessary. Now the GOP has shut down the government with their temper tantrum over Obamacare. Your post would be quite amusing if it weren't so sad & pathetic. I find it quite telling, by the way, that a poll of GOPers conducted earlier this week resulted in extremely low ratings for Obamacare yet the very same people gave high ratings for the Affordable Care Act. SMH
Maya Bender October 03, 2013 at 05:16 PM
JB - I wish I could like your comment more than once. The unfortunate thing with people who, like Mike, try to blame the problems Obama inherited on him is you can explain it to them, but you can't understand it for them.
John Vollmar October 04, 2013 at 01:15 AM
OMG, one more vote for delusion on Mike B's part. He's had a drink of "Boehner Kool-Aid!" Giving the least of your brothers and sisters affordable health care is the LEAST this county can do. And shutting down the Government is the LEAST the Republicans could do for their country. And THEY did it. Wake up Mike B!
George Tirebiter October 04, 2013 at 05:04 AM
So JB, your knowledge of civics only goes back a few years? That's sad. Let me bring you back just a bit further... http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2309727/posts (Wait, that's TOO far back!)
Mary Dillard October 04, 2013 at 10:41 AM
Maybe all law makers should not get paid since the government is shut down.......I'am sorry but I have said it over and over there is no reason why anybody on this God's green earth should make that kind of money........why does the President get paid????? He don't have to pay for anything it is the tax payers that pay for his trips and everything else......does he pay a mortage or rent on the white house????...... and my thing is that if you are not doing your job right you should be able to get fired and that goes with anybody in the government......the average american person get fired and they get laid off.......why should that just go for the poor people why not the rich too....they are not any better than us.......
Gordon Howell October 04, 2013 at 01:23 PM
The Twenty-seventh Amendment (Amendment XXVII) prohibits any law that increases or decreases the salary of members of the Congress from taking effect until the start of the next set of terms of office for Representatives. It is the most recent amendment to the United States Constitution. That is why Mary, It's in the constitution. People are quit to respond to the constitution, but many have no idea what is in it. That is why some of the members have agreed to donate their salary such as Senator Franken has. As far as the argument for the president getting paid, would you use that same logic for the military? They get healthcare, food, clothing, shelter. I still see a need for paying them, as well as our President.
Kirk Burback October 05, 2013 at 07:22 AM
Al likes the Medical Device tax now? What was all that talk about?
Rick W October 08, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Yes, Mr. Tirebiter, that goes back too far. Or not far enough, perhaps, because you could point out that our country was founded by slave owners to discredit the whole enterprise. The reality is that after the Civil Rights Act the Klan jumped ship to the other side. Yes, this is (obviously) a Republican shutdown. The Dems were foolish enough to compromise on the spending bill, thinking that would gain them cooperation. Instead it (predictably) gained them only continued opposition. The Teabaggers are anti-American, anti-Democracy and anti-Reality. If the Speaker continues to pull a Boehner by letting them call the shots, this country will be anti-Republican.
Mike B. October 12, 2013 at 01:03 PM
I urge all normal, hard-working, patriotic Americans to continue to support the Tea Party and such stalwarts as Senators Cruz, Lee, and Paul in their efforts to defund Obamacare, which is already wrecking our healthcare system and causing premiums to rise for most every American. This country needs to default... that's the only way to stop Obama's socialist vision of America
John Vollmar October 13, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Mike B. Patriots LOVE this country. Ted Cruz does NOT. Why is caring for the poor among us UN-patriotic? You, my friend, are daft and uninformed *(YES, FOX news counts as UNINFORMED) Healthcare premiums have DROPPED since the Law of the LAND, "ObamaCare" has been implemented. Only an America-hater would want the government to default. You, my ultra-right-wing friend, are an America HATER.

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