Rep. Gonzalez to donate shutdown pay to local charity
Washington, DC, January 8, 2019
Tags: Federal Spending
U.S. Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R – Rocky River) today announced he will donate his congressional pay earned during the partial government shutdown period to local Northeast Ohio nonprofit organizations aimed at supporting survivors of human trafficking, rape, domestic abuse and addictions.
“While I was not in Congress when this shutdown started, I cannot sit by and collect a paycheck while some of my constituents are furloughed, and Congressional leadership shouldn’t either,” said Rep. Gonzalez. “Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are currently facing furloughs across the nation, with some of those in Northeast Ohio. Our nation’s leaders need to put aside partisan politics and come together and put forth a real bipartisan solution that will fund our government and secure our border.”
According to the U.S. Constitution, Members of Congress must receive pay, but what they do with that pay once they’ve received it is at their discretion. Since it is not constitutionally possible for Rep. Gonzalez to refuse his pay, he has instead opted to give it to others in the Northeast Ohio community who need support, namely to survivors of human trafficking, abuse, assault and addictions in Northeast Ohio.