PDT Staff Writer
U.S. Representative Brad Wenstrup (OH-2) and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown have both announced they will not accept a paycheck while the government is in shutdown mode. Wenstrup announced Monday he will donate his salary to Wounded Warriors and Cincinnati’s Freestore Foodbank for the duration of any shutdown.
“I can’t accept a salary while veterans and government employees are left empty-handed. It’s not appropriate and it’s not fair,” Wenstrup said.
Wenstrup also announced he will furlough 70 percent of his staff while the government is not in operation.
“The fact that we have reached this point is a failure of leadership. I am disappointed by President Obama and Harry Reid’s refusal to negotiate in good faith to keep the government open. I will be working to get the government open. I’ve been a doctor and a soldier much longer than a congressman; Each of these positions require working until the job is done,” Wenstrup said.
Wenstrup reminded constituents that the House has voted three separate times to keep the government open, working through the weekend.
Wenstrup said Second District constituents can reach his office at 202-225-3164 for emergency casework issues.
Meanwhile, Brown announced that he will not accept his federal salary accrued during the shutdown and will instead donate it to charity. In 2011, Brown pledged to forego his salary in the event of a government shutdown. Following the 1995 shutdown, Brown donated his salary to various charities in his then-House district.
“We can avoid the harmful effects of this government shutdown if the House allows a vote on the Senate-passed plan that keeps the government running without rehashing old political fights. It’s time for the House to put middle class families, senior citizens, and veterans ahead of political ideology,” Brown said. “With a government shutdown upon us, we know that countless working Ohioans will be affected-from small business owners in Lima and Chillicothe, to employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, to families in Lorain and Springfield waiting for a home loan. It’s time to allow House members a vote on the Senate-passed plan and end the shutdown.”
Brown noted that he supported legislation to ensure that pay and benefits for the nation’s service members currently on active duty be uninterrupted.
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