Some members of the U.S. Senate are choosing to either go without pay or donate their salary for the duration of the government shutdown.
At least four Republican congressmen and one Democrat asked asked Capitol Hill administrators Saturday to withhold their salary until the government shutdown ends.
By Saturday afternoon, Reps. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.) and Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) published letters they sent to the Capitol’s administrative office asking that their pay be withheld until the government shutdown ends.
By Saturday afternoon, Reps. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.) published letters they sent to the Capitol’s administrative office asking that their pay be withheld until the government shutdown ends.
Barletta blamed Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) for the shutdown.
“I have asked the CAO to withhold my pay until Senate Democrats end this pointless #SchumerShutdown,” he said, accusing Democrats of using amnesty for illegal immigrants as a political tool in such an important time.
Barletta said forcing the permanence of the DACA program will “encourage a new wave of illegal immigration.”
“It will also encourage politicians to play to illegal immigrants for votes instead of considering American citizens first,” Barletta said.
Another Republican legislator also announced he will donate his shutdown salary to veterans organizations.Republican Rep. Scott Taylor reacted to the government shutdown on Twitter Saturday afternoon. He tweeted about his plans to donate his salary to a military/veteran’s charity each day the government is shut down.
Saturday’s pay is going to Vetshouse Inc., he said.
Taylor is a former Navy SEAL and currently represents the 2nd congressional district of Virginia.
During the 16-day shut down in 2013, around 250 members of the House and Senate either donated their salary to charity, refused it, or asked that their pay be withheld.