Donnelly donates government shutdown pay to food banks

2013-11-21T17:00:00Z 2013-11-21T18:10:13Z Donnelly donates government shutdown pay to food banksBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
November 21, 2013 5:00 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., has donated a portion of the salary he earned during the 16-day federal government shutdown to a Gary food bank.

The first-year senator gave $500 Wednesday to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. Altogether, he donated $5,000 to 10 food banks across the state.

"While too many Hoosiers are still looking for work and trying to put food on the table, partisan gridlock in Washington shut down our government, hurting our state's and nation's economies," Donnelly said. "This was irresponsible and shameful -- Congress creating problems for our economy instead of solving them -- so I thought it was inappropriate for me to take my paycheck for this time."

The Oct. 1-16 shutdown was caused primarily by Republicans insisting that any government spending plan delay or defund the Affordable Care Act.

A compromise to reopen the government through Jan. 15 was reached just hours before the United States defaulted on its national debt.

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