Some Californians are among a growing list of House members who say they won’t take their paychecks while the government shutdown remains in effect.
Members of Congress will receive their monthly paychecks even during a shutdown such as this. But Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Pleasanton, announced Monday he had sent a letter to the House’s chief administrative officer requesting that he not be paid.
“I believe it is simply wrong and unfair for me to receive my salary while Americans working hard across the country as part of our federal workforce receive nothing until this appropriations crisis is resolved,” he wrote. “Therefore, I ask that until federal employees who must work during a federal government shutdown are paid, I not be given my paycheck.”
Rep. Ami Bera, D-Rancho Cordova, said Tuesday he’ll give up his federal pay for the duration of the shutdown, too.
“Congress should lead by example and put people before politics,” Bera said in a news release. “If Congress can’t do its job and put the American people first, then they certainly shouldn’t get paid during a crisis that they are causing. We must stop the finger pointing, start acting like adults, and make Washington work for the people again.”
In response to the budget sequestration cuts made earlier this year, Bera already has been donating 8.2 percent of his check each month to a local organization impacted by the cuts.
And John Myers, political editor at Sacramento’s KXTV News 10, tweeted today that Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Modesto, told him he’ll be forfeiting his paycheck during the shutdown as well. As of this hour, I don’t see that John’s interview with Denham has been posted online.
The Washington Post is keeping a national list.