O'Halleran to Give Up Salary if Government Shuts Down
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) announced he would give up his salary for the duration of a government shutdown if Congressional leaders fail to fund the government by the end of the week.
“It is troubling that the White House and Congressional leaders are allowing partisan gridlock to get in the way of funding our government and preventing a shutdown yet again,” said O’Halleran. “The American people expect their elected officials to do the job they are being paid to do, so if we cannot reach a bipartisan consensus on a funding bill before the end of the week, I will forgo my pay during the resulting government shutdown.”
If Congress fails to pass a Continuing Resolution before December 21, the federal government will shut down and federal agencies will cease operations. A shutdown could cost our economy billions of dollars and cause a disruption in crucial services for millions of Americans. According to Standard and Poor’s Ratings Service, the 2013 government shutdown cost our economy an estimated $24 billion.
“Congress has continued to kick the can down the road for too long, and it is having a serious impact on the readiness of our military and compromises the health and wellbeing of our veterans, seniors, and hardworking families,” continued O’Halleran. “We must have a bipartisan process that allows us to pass a budget that invests in our country and moves us forward.”
O’Halleran 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. Additionally, he cosponsored the SHIELD Act to prevent a government shutdown from impacting the pay of the men and women of our Armed Forces and first responders.
During a government shutdown earlier this year, O’Halleran donated his salary to veterans organizations in Arizona.