Reichert Chooses to Withhold Pay During Government Shutdown

Oct 2, 2013

Washington, D.C. -- Yesterday, on the first day of the government shutdown, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert made the decision to withhold his federal pay for the duration of the shutdown. 

The text of Congressman Reichert’s letter to Dan Strodel, the Chief Administrative Officer for the United States Congress reads: “I understand that in the event of a lapse in appropriations for the funding of the Federal government and a subsequent government shutdown, Members of Congress would continue to receive their salary.  Given that there has been a lapse in appropriations beginning October 1, 2013, please hold my salary until the lapse in appropriations ends.”

“It’s the fair and right thing to do,” said Rep. Reichert.  “This is a difficult time for our country and I should not get special treatment while thousands of others are dealing with furloughs through no fault of their own.”

As the Congressman stated in his earlier statement regarding the shutdown, he is actively working with his colleagues to pursue solutions that will get the government back up and running, so that it can best serve the American people. Until that time, Reichert will continue his efforts without salary.