A New York congressman from the Hudson Valley has requested that his pay be withheld in light of the partial federal government shutdown.
Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney penned a letter Wednesday to the chief administrative officer of the House of Representatives, asking that his pay be withheld during the shutdown. In a statement, Maloney says that until Congress ends this irresponsible shutdown, he won’t accept a penny. He continues that members of Congress should not get a better deal than the families at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Stewart Air National Guard, referring to the furloughs of federal employees at these sites in his district. Maloney also says some of his staff members are being furloughed. Maloney’s Newburgh office will remain open and staff will be available to assist constituents with any problems they may be having with federal government agencies, including the Social Security Administration, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or the Veterans Administration.