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Foster to Donate Congressional Paycheck to Northern Illinois Food Bank During Shutdown

Jan 8, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced he will donate his congressional pay earned during the government shutdown to the Northern Illinois Food Bank.  During the 2013 Republican shutdown, Foster also donated his paycheck to the food bank.

“President Trump and congressional Republicans have failed the American people with a reckless and unnecessary government shutdown that is hurting hardworking families across the country,” Foster said. “It is unacceptable that hundreds of thousands of federal employees are furloughed or are working without pay while Republicans insist on wasting taxpayer money on a useless border wall. Too many of these workers are struggling to make ends meet as our President refuses to re-open the government. Until the President and Senate Republicans act to end this irresponsible shutdown, I will once again donate my congressional pay to the Northern Illinois Food Bank.”

The partial federal government shutdown began on December 22, 2018. Roughly 800,000 federal workers will be required to work without pay or will be furloughed until the shutdown ends.

The Northern Illinois Food Bank is a non-profit organization focused on providing food to those in need in northern Illinois.