Foster, Schneider Won't Keep Salary Earned During Government Shutdown
Two Illinois House members have plans for the salary they will earn during the government shutdown — and it's not to keep the funds.
Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL,13) says he will donate his salary to the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
“Because of a small group of intransigent Tea Party extremists, Congress has failed to pass a budget and shutdown the government – a reckless action which could have a devastating impact on our still struggling economy,” said Foster in a statement. “Until Congress ends this irresponsible shutdown, I will donate my pay to charity.”
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL,10) says he will return his salary earned during the shutdown to the U.S. Treasury.
“In the real world, when people don’t do their jobs, they don’t get paid,” said Schneider. “Because some Republicans in Congress continue to hold fast to a narrow ideology they knew would force a shutdown, Congress is not doing its job to keep government functioning. Therefore, I will be returning my paycheck until Congress does the responsible thing and finds a solution to this unnecessary and harmful shutdown.”