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SC Senators not keeping salary during shutdown

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Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks at an Upstate event. (File/FOX Carolina) Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks at an Upstate event. (File/FOX Carolina)

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, is one of several politicians who said they will not keep their congressional salary in the wake of the federal government shutdown.

Graham said he would give his shutdown salary to the Wounded Warrior Project.

The following statement was posted on Graham's Facebook page and tweeted Tuesday:

"I shouldn't get a congressional salary while other federal employees are denied the ability to go to work. I'm going to take my salary during the government shutdown and donate it to the Wounded Warrior Project."

Sen. Tim Scott, R-SC, also announced on Facebook Wednesday he would donate his shutdown pay to charity.

Along with Graham and Scott, several other senators and congressmen said they would donate their salaries to charity, including Rep. Mark Sanford who announced that he would donate his pay last week as the shutdown loomed on the horizon.

According to the Washington Post, as of noon Wednesday 66 lawmakers had said they would not keep their shutdown salaries.

According to the Wounded Warrior Project's website, veterans are affected by the shutdown. They posted online that the Veterans Affairs is accepting new claims but is not able to process them. Click here for a complete list of impacted and not impacted WWP services.

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