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Idaho’s Congressmen Cut Back on Staff During Shut Down

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The partial shutdown of the federal government is taking a toll on the offices and staff of Idaho’s four congressional leaders.

All four members of the delegation said they were scaling back constituent services and staff in their offices across the state and in Washington, D.C. Republican Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch also say they intend to donate a portion of their $174,000 annual pay during the shutdown to charity.

House members and senators can’t withhold their own pay even if they want to. Under the Constitution’s 27th Amendment, lawmakers can only change the pay of those in a future Congress, not the one in which they serve. Crapo is closing offices in five Idaho cities this week, while Risch is using limited staff to keep offices open.

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