WASHINGTON (SBG) — At least 80 members of Congress have said they will refuse their paychecks or donate their earnings for the length of the shutdown in solidarity with unpaid federal employees.
Approximately 800,000 federal workers are going without pay due to the partial government shutdown. Of those, 380,000 are furloughed and 420,000, deemed essential, continue to work without pay.
Congress passed a bill ensuring backpay to to federal workers once the government reopens, but there's no clear indication of when that will be. President Trump insists he will not back down from his demand for border wall funding while Democratic leaders have firmly resolved not to grant money for the wall.
Several members who requested their pay withheld offered proof in the form of signed letters to the House of Representatives' Chief Administrative Officer.
"There should not be special rules for Members of Congress, and just like the affected employees," wrote Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) in his letter. "I ask that my pay be suspended as well."
Most of those donating their salaries chose local charities in their home states.
Several members of Congress have said they will not decline or donate their salaries. "We do continue to work here in the Senate," said Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). "So, yes, I am taking a paycheck during this time." Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) accused fellow freshman Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) of "virtue signaling" by forgoing his salary.
Public reaction to lawmakers giving up pay was mixed. Some constituents were appreciative, while others viewed it as an empty gesture.
See below for the list of Representatives and Senators declining or donating their pay during the shutdown.
This list will be updated.