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Editorial: Congress members should all donate their pay

As America’s federal government enters its fifth day of a shutdown today, there is a sliver of hope as pressure continues growing on both Republicans and Democrats.

House Speaker John Boehner correctly told fellow GOP lawmakers Thursday that he would not allow this political standoff to make the United States default on its debt. His challenge is that Congressional Republicans remain divided on how to structure legislation to raise the nation’s borrowing level and the deadline for default is only two weeks away.

A growing number of House Republicans are increasingly worried about the fallout over this government shutdown. This fear may be justified as a CBS News poll released Friday showed 72 percent of Americans disapproved of this government shutdown over the differences on the Affordable Care Act. The poll also showed that 44 percent blamed Republicans, while 35 percent placed blame on President Obama and the Democrats.

Democrats are not without fault in this shutdown either. Dealing from a growing position of strength, Obama has refused to negotiate on any or all budgetary matters until the government has reopened.

Good governance comes from compromise on both sides of an issue.

Since Congress does not appear to be doing its job by allowing this government shutdown, it seems disrespectful that members of Congress still receive their paychecks.

In Minnesota, only Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representative Tim Walz have announced they will donate their pay to charity during the length of the shutdown.

We call on the rest of the Minnesota delegation to at least do the same until this shutdown is ended.

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