One of Michigan’s newest members of Congress says she’s not going to take her government salary while there’s a shutdown.
Representative Elissa Slotkin, who represents the 8th District (which includes Lansing, Ingham County, and Livingston County), says it’s wrong for Congress to accept pay while other federal workers can’t get their paychecks.
“I fundamentally disagree with the current policy that allows Members of Congress to receive their paychecks while the Federal workforce is furloughed,” she wrote in a letter to the chief administrative officer of the Capitol.
“Until the Federal Government is re-opened, I will be donating my paycheck.”
Several sources put the minimum paycheck for members of the House at $174,000 a year.
Slotkin, a Democrat, was sworn into office on Thursday. She narrowly beat Republican incumbent Mike Bishop in November.