Rep. Antonio Delgado Requests Pay Be Withheld During Government Shutdown
WASHINGTON, DC – With federal employees in Upstate New York and across the country missing their first paycheck tomorrow because of the government shutdown, Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) announced today that he will be asking the House of Representatives Chief Administrative Officer to withhold his pay as long as the shutdown continues.
"Tomorrow, federal workers across the country and in Upstate New York will miss their first paycheck due to the government shutdown. As someone who grew up in a working-class family in Schenectady, I understand what a paycheck means for a family, whether it’s for paying for groceries or filling a prescription, paying the rent—no one should have to put their lives on hold because of our inability here to find common ground and reopen the government.
"It’s simply reprehensible, particularly when so many people in this country are living paycheck to paycheck. Because of that, and after speaking with my wife Lacey, we’ve decided that we cannot in good conscience accept my paycheck right now as a Member of Congress. I will be sending a letter to the House Chief Administrative Officer requesting that my pay be withheld until the government reopens."
Ending the government shutdown is Delgado's first priority as a new Member of Congress. His first votes in Congress were to pass legislation to reopen the government, and he is casting additional votes this week to reopen the government -- all proposals that previously passed the Senate with bipartisan support. He is also an original cosponsor of a bill that requires the Congressional Budget Office to submit daily reports to Congress on the cost and impact of a government shutdown on the economy, and he sent a letter earlier this week to the Department of Agriculture asking how it will address the possible lapse in benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) due to the government shutdown.