WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) announced she will donate her federal pay to local Connecticut charities for the duration of the government shutdown.
“I will stay in Washington as long as it takes to get the government back open and back to the business of addressing the issues that matter to the American public, like fixing our ailing infrastructure and putting people back to work,” Esty said. “But I will not accept one penny of my salary as long as this misguided shutdown continues. It’s time to stop playing politics and get back to doing the work the people elected us to do.”
Esty also refused to accept her pay during the 16-day shutdown of 2013. The 2013 shutdown cost the U.S. economy close to $24 billion and reduced fourth-quarter GDP growth from 3 percent to 2.4 percent, according to an estimate of Standard & Poor’s. During a government shutdown, many federal employees in key areas will report to work without pay, and many others will be furloughed without pay. Members of Congress, however, will continue to receive paychecks.
As a member of the Congressional Problem Solvers’ Caucus, Esty has been a champion for a number of accountability measures to improve the federal budget process and restore Americans’ trust in government. She is a cosponsor of the federal ‘No Budget, No Pay’ Act, which would prevent lawmakers from receiving pay for failing to pass a budget.
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