Cruz Pledges To Donate Salary To Charity

DALLAS (October 1, 2013)—U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas is pledging to donate his salary to charity during the federal government shutdown.

Cruz announced the pledge in a statement Monday evening after telling a conference Friday in Austin that he had not planned to forego his paycheck as a U.S. senator if the federal government shut down.

Cruz has vowed to halt funding to the White House-backed health care law or shut down the government by trying.

His 21-plus-hour speech in the Senate last week irked colleagues in both parties but energized conservative activists.

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