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Hawaii Senator to Donate Salary Earned During Shutdown

Sen Mazie Hirono at confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh

Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced that she will donate the salary she receives during the partial government shutdown to food banks across her state.

“More than 2,500 federal workers in Hawaii are either furloughed or working without pay during the holidays because Donald Trump shut down the government,” she said in a news release from her office. “As long as Donald Trump refuses to re-open the government, I will be donating my salary to Hawaii’s food banks – who serve nearly one in eight Hawaii residents in need.”

Hirono, who receives an annual salary of $174,000, has earned more than $3,500 since the shutdown began, according to Newsweek. She previously donated her earnings during government shutdowns in 2013 and January 2018.

Her earnings will go to the Hawaii Food Bank on Kauai and Oahu, the Maui Food Bank, and the Hawaii Food Basket on Hawaii Island, reports Bustle.

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  1. RE: Hawaii Senator to Donate Salary Earned During Shutdown: A true hero of compassionate action. All of congress should be doing this.

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