Freshman U.S. Rep. Dr. Mark Green (R-TN-07) has asked that he not be paid during the partial federal government shutdown.
Green sent a letter Friday to the U.S. House of Representative’s Chief Administrative Officer, Philip Kiko, requesting his salary be suspended until a deal is reached and the partial government shutdown ends:
Dear Mr. Kiko,
I am writing today to ask you to withhold my salary as long as the government is partially shut down. I do not believe it is appropriate for Members of Congress to be paid during a lapse in appropriations while hardworking border security agents and other civil servants are furloughed.
Please accept this letter as notice that I will refuse any salary until the government is funded.
In November, Green was unanimously elected president of the Republican Freshman Class by 33 members-elect of the 116th Congress, The Tennessee Star reported at the time. Before he won the House seat in November, Green served as Tennessee state senator for the 22nd District for Stewart/Houston/Montgomery counties.
Green’s thinking is in line with that of former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Haley, also a former governor of South Carolina, tweeted Thursday, “Today the new Congress takes office. No member should get paid while the government is shut down and border security is not funded.”
Today the new Congress takes office. No member should get paid while the government is shut down and border security is not funded.#DoYourJob 🇺🇸
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) January 3, 2019
The details on how a “partial” shutdown works are detailed here on The Star.
The New York Times estimates that 800,000 federal employees are affected by the two-week-long shutdown, one of the longest ever. About 420,000 are classified as essential and have been working without pay. About 380,000 have been furloughed.
Unemployment claims were up; the District of Columbia received about 900 claims connected to the shutdown, and the state of Maryland counted 637 at midweek, The Times said.
Watch Rep. Green’s swearing-in:
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