Congressman Valadao Refuses Salary during Government Shutdown
Today, Wednesday, October 2, 2013, Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) sent a letter to Dan Strodel, Chief Administrative Officer of the United States House of Representatives asking for his pay to be withheld during the government shutdown.Today, Wednesday, October 2, 2013, Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) sent a letter to Dan Strodel, Chief Administrative Officer of the United States House of Representatives asking for his pay to be withheld during the government shutdown.
Congressman Valadao explained, “As a Member of Congress, I believe it is the core duty of the House and Senate to pass a budget to ensure the government continues operating. Our inability to accomplish this has serious consequences for all Americans including our seniors, veterans and members of our military, and those less fortunate who rely on critical assistance programs."
He continued, “On my dairy farm in California, I would not pay an employee if they refused to do their job. This is no different. If Congress is unable to do its job and pass a federal budget then I do not believe we should receive a salary. Setting a federal budget is one of the most basic constitutional responsibilities of Congress. We must lead by example and work together, across party lines, to find a common sense solution.”
Congressman Valadao has also cosponsored legislation to prevent all Members of Congress from receiving a salary during a government shutdown. This legislation, H.R. 3160, the Government Shutdown Fairness Act has not been brought to the House Floor for a vote and awaits action in the House Administration Committee.
Congressman Valadao continues to encourage his colleagues in both the House and the Senate to cosponsor the legislation and refuse their salary until Congress can pass a federal budget ending this government shutdown.
Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.