Peters Vows to Donate Pay If Government Shuts Down

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Gary Peters of Michigan says he'll donate his salary to charity for the duration of any government shutdown.

The Democratic U.S. Senate candidate made the announcement Wednesday. Congress is considering a spending bill to avoid an Oct. 1 shutdown, but House Republicans say it shouldn't include funding for the federal health care law.

Peters, of Bloomfield Township, says when Michigan families miss work, "they don't get paid" and the same should hold for Congress.

A spokeswoman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee says Peters thinks it's more important to fund "Obamacare" than to keep the government running.

Michigan's lone Republican Senate candidate, Terri Lynn Land, has pledged to oppose any funding to implement the health law. That has led Democrats to accuse her of supporting a government shutdown.

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