U.S. Representative Richard Hanna said he will donate his salary for the days of the federal government shutdown to the Wounded Warrior Project and the United Way.
“I have heard from many constituents who think Congress shouldn’t be paid; I agree,” Hanna, R - Barneveld, said in a news release. “Therefore, each day the government is closed I will donate my pay to charity. Our neighbors are being furloughed because of Washington’s failure to act.”
Hanna also said Congress passed the Pay Our Military Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama. The legislation provides appropriations to pay members of the armed forces during any period in fiscal year 2014 in which there is a temporary government shutdown. It also allows payments to continue for civilian defense personnel and contractors that support the armed forces.
“Regardless of differences in opinion in Washington, we need to ensure that our troops at home and abroad in harm’s way are properly compensated for their vital services,” he said.
Hanna said this should also cover the nearly 100 civilian personnel at Rome Lab who were notified this week of the furlough.
Hanna issued a letter to Department of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel imploring him to follow the law and bring back the furloughed civilian personnel at Rome Lab.
Hanna has also co-sponsored the Government Shutdown Fairness Act, which would ensure that Members of Congress do not take a salary during a government shutdown.