Tipton, Udall keep shutdown pay, others donate the $7,700

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., and Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., will keep their pay accrued during the 16-day-old federal shutdown.

Tipton and Udall both sought to have their pay reduced during the shutdown.

The final budget agreement that lifted the debt ceiling also restored pay to federal employees. Tipton and Udall had conditioned their requests on matching the effects of the shutdown on employees’ pay.

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Colorado Springs Republican, similarly sought a pay reduction commensurate with pay lost by federal employees.

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., donated his shutdown salary, about $7,700, to the Weld County Food Bank.

Among the other Colorado representatives, Rep. Jared Polis, a Boulder Democrat, donated his shutdown salary to the federal treasury.

Republican Reps. Mike Coffman and Cory Gardner said they were donating their shutdown money to charity.

Democrat Reps. Ed Perlmutter and Diana DeGette never sought to have their shutdown pay withheld.

Representatives and senators are paid $174,000 a year.


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