3 of Colorado's members of Congress give shutdown salary to charity

WASHINGTON - Three of Colorado's members of Congress are donating roughly $7,700 of salary they collected during the 16-day partial government shutdown to charities.

Another is donating his to the U.S. Treasury.

Sen. Michael Bennet is donating his shutdown pay to the Weld County Food Bank, and Rep. Cory Gardner is donating part of his salary to the same place and the rest to other charities in his district.

Rep. Mike Coffman is giving his to the Red Cross. Rep. Jared Polis, whose staff says the Boulder Democrat normally gives all his salary to charity, will give his shutdown portion back to the federal government for debt relief.

Rank-and-file members of Congress make $174,000 a year.

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