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Why Pay Congress, by Maureen Dowd

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...federal workers who do important work for the public -- cleaning up toxic waste, enrolling sick people into lifesaving medical trials, answering medical hot lines, running national parks, processing passport applications -- risk being sent home and going unpaid. But members of Congress would continue to receive $174,000 a year. As the humorist Andy Borowitz wrote in a Twitter message: "That's like eliminating the fire dept & sending checks to the arsonists."

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