O’Halleran to Give Up Pay If Government Shuts Down
Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) announced his plans to give up his salary if Congress is unable to work together to pass a spending bill and avoid a government shutdown at the end of the week.
“Congress must work together to fund the government and ensure that millions of Americans will receive the services they rely on every day,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “I am committed to working across the aisle to find a bipartisan solution to this funding crisis. If Congressional leaders cannot reach a bipartisan consensus before the end of the week, I will forgo my pay during the shutdown.”
If Congress fails to pass a Continuing Resolution before April 28th, the federal government will shut down and federal agencies will cease operations. This would cost our economy billions of dollars and cause a disruption in crucial services for millions of Americans. The government shutdown in 2013 cost our economy an estimated $24 billion, according to Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services.
“The American people deserve a Congress that works for them. Partisan bickering and a refusal to compromise puts our veterans, seniors, and hardworking families at risk of losing benefits,” said O’Halleran. “I will not support partisan efforts to shut down our government and jeopardize our economy and the safety of our country.”
Congressman O’Halleran recently introduced the No Ongoing Perks Enrichment (NOPE) Act that would implement a No Budget, No Pay policy for members of Congress and freeze Congressional salaries at their current rate.