Several members of Colorado’s congressional delegation are putting their money — meaning their paychecks — where their mouths are.
On Thursday, as the partial government shutdown headed toward its fourth week, Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, announced on Twitter that she would forgo her salary as long as federal workers were in the same boat.
“As long as these workers aren’t getting paid, I won’t take my paycheck, either,” she tweeted.
Two of DeGette’s Republican colleagues — Reps. Scott Tipton and Doug Lamborn — made the same pledge back when the shutdown began on Dec. 22. Lamborn tweeted on the eve of the shutdown that “hundreds of thousands of Americans will be without pay until Congress can resolve the shutdown issue.”
Hundreds of thousands of Americans will be without pay until Congress can resolve the shutdown issue. That's at least one reason why I will not be receiving my salary until a solution is finalized. I'll continue fighting for what's right and working to protect the American people
— Rep. Doug Lamborn (@RepDLamborn) December 22, 2018
“That’s at least one reason why I will not be receiving my salary until a solution is finalized,” he tweeted. “I’ll continue fighting for what’s right and working to protect the American people.”
A spokesman for Sen. Cory Gardner, who was praised by federal workers rallying outside his Denver office on Thursday for being one of the only Republican senators to call for an end to the shutdown, said Colorado’s junior senator would give up his pay for as long as the shutdown lasts in the event federal workers aren’t given back pay. Gardner would donate that portion of his salary to charity.
Our top priority right now must be to end this government shutdown and make sure all of our federal workers are fully compensated. As long as these workers aren’t getting paid, I won’t take my paycheck either.
— Rep. Diana DeGette (@RepDianaDeGette) January 10, 2019
A spokeswoman for Rep. Jason Crow, who took office on Jan. 3, said “should this shutdown continue, Jason plans to ask that his salary be withheld until Congress finds a solution.” She did not specify when Crow planned to have his pay docked.
A rank-and-file member of Congress earns $174,000 a year, as does a U.S. senator.
Sen. Michael Bennet and Reps. Ed Perlmutter, Joe Neguse and Ken Buck had not responded to a question about their pay during the shutdown as of Thursday mid-afternoon.
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