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Vermont Insights: Sanders joins VT. Congressman Peter Welch in donating pay during federal shutdown

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Sanders said on Wednesday he will donate his Senate pay to Vermont charities while federal employees go without paycheck during the shutdown of the federal government.

“If the Trump initiated shutdown is not resolved shortly, hundreds of thousands of federal employees will not receive their paychecks – including more than 1,300 Vermonters. I will do everything I can to end this destructive shutdown as soon as possible. During the time that federal employees do not receive a paycheck, I will be donating my U.S. Senate salary to Vermont charities.”

Sanders joins Rep. Welch who sent a letter on Jan. 3 asking his pay to be withheld during the shutdown.

"Due to the lapse in appropriations for numerous federal department and agencies, hundreds of thousands of federal employees are working without pay or furloughed without pay."

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