Manchin joins lawmakers donating salaries during shutdown

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WASHINGTON (WHSV) — Senator Joe Manchin has announced that he's joining a number of other national lawmakers who are donating their salary received during the government shutdown.

“If Congress cannot do our job, we should not get paid," Manchin said. "As a result of this reckless shutdown, 340,000 West Virginians who depend on food stamps will go without that critical assistance. Children will go hungry, pregnant mothers will not get the nutrients they need and our elderly neighbors will not have dinner on the table. This is unacceptable. In West Virginia, we look out for one another and I know food banks across the state will be doing their best to fill this void. I applaud them for always stepping up to serve their communities."

Manchin, who donated his salary during the 2013 government shutdown to Save the Children, will give any salary he receives during the 2019 shutdown to food banks across the Mountain State.

He's joining the ranks of a number of politicians making similar moves, including Congressman Denver Riggleman across the aisle.

Riggleman, a freshman Republican who represents Virginia's Fifth Congressional District in the U.S. House, plans to donate his paycheck during the shutdown to the Drakes Branch Volunteer Fire Department in Charlotte County, which was hit hard by Hurricane Michael.

According to the Washington Post, Rep. Rob Wittman, a six-term Republican, also plans to donate his salary to charity, though he hasn't decided on which charity.

Reps. Elaine Luria, Abigail Spanberger and Jennifer Wexton – part of Virginia's freshman Democrat class – all plan to forgo their salaries during the shutdown.

Tuesday was day 18 of the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government, which has impacted various agencies, including the National Park Service, the Transportation Security Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Smithsonian museums among many others.

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees have been furloughed during the shutdown and others have been working without pay.

Utah Rep. John Curtis introduced the “No Work, No Pay Act of 2019” last Thursday to freeze congressional pay when any federal agency is shut down due to a lack of funds allocated by Congress.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CN), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), John Hoeven (D-ND), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Reps. Don Bacon (R-NE), Liz Cheney (R-WY), Dwight Evans (D-PA), Greg Gianforte (R-MT), Will Hurd (R-TX), Susie Lee (D-NV), Patrick Maloney (D-NY), and John Yarmuth (D-KY) are among a list of others halting or donating their salary during the shutdown, according to Roll Call.