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Pete Gallego (D TX-23) to donate pay to charity during shutdown

Sep 30, 2013 Press Release

Washington, D.C.: In the event of a government shutdown, Congressman Pete P. Gallego (TX-23) will donate his pay to charity.

“It is unconscionable that working Americans across the country are going to be sent home without pay while members of Congress continue to receive a paycheck,” said Congressman Gallego.  Mothers and fathers who commit themselves to public service are going to have to figure out how to put food on the table, make rent or pay their mortgage - all because a reckless few refuse to compromise.”

"I cannot in good faith accept a salary when so many in the 23rd District are losing theirs.  In the event of a shutdown, I will be donating my salary to an organization that helps military men and women who are injured while serving their country. They have sacrificed - Congress should heed their example.”

Congressman Gallego on Saturday filed two bills that hold lawmakers accountable in the event of a government shutdown. The first – The Shutdown Member of Congress Pay Act of 2013 - would suspend pay for Members of Congress in the event of a government shutdown. The second – The Preserve our National Security Act - would protect national security and Veterans during a shutdown.

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