Congressman Steve Chabot, R-Cincinnati, intends to donate his pay to a local charity.
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In a press release, Gonzalez said he’ll donate his pay earned during the partial government shutdown period to northeast Ohio nonprofits supporting survivors of human trafficking, rape, domestic abuse and addictions.
Gonzalez said while he wasn’t in Congress on Dec. 22, when the shutdown started, “I cannot sit by and collect a paycheck while some of my constituents are furloughed, and congressional leadership shouldn’t either.”
Beatty, meanwhile, said through a spokesman that she plans on donating her salary to nonprofits. She is still working out the details, the spokesman said.
Joyce was one of the first to give up his check, saying in a tweet “If Congress can’t keep the government fully operational, we shouldn’t get paid. It’s that simple.” He wrote a letter to the House chief administration officer on Dec. 22 asking for his paycheck to be withheld.
Gibbs, meanwhile, will go without pay as long as essential employees of affected government agencies are doing so, according to a spokesman. Essential employees include federal law enforcement and border patrol agents, required to work regardless of a shutdown. Those employees must show up for work but are not paid. Gibbs planned to introduce a bill late Tuesday that would provide for essential employees required to work during a shutdown to be paid for doing so regardless of a shutdown.
And Latta, in a post on Facebook, wrote, “Members of Congress shouldn’t be receiving their paycheck while others, including our border patrol agents, are not receiving theirs. I have asked the chief administrative officer to withhold my pay during this partial shutdown.”
Other members will continue to receive a paycheck. Reps. Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington and Tim Ryan, D-Niles, confirmed they would not stop their pay.
“Rep. Ryan doesn’t believe any federal employees should have their paychecks held hostage for a $5 billion vanity project for Donald Trump,” said Ryan’s spokesman, Michael Zetts. “He is focused on reopening the government and ensuring every employee receives backpay, not political face-saving maneuvers.”
We have reached out to local members of Congress — Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana — and will update this story when we have a response.