Congressman Cunningham Requests His Paycheck be Withheld Until Government Reopens

January 16, 2019
Press Release

Washington – Yesterday Congressman Cunningham asked the House Administrator to withhold his pay until the government reopens. Members of Congress are scheduled to receive their first paychecks on February 1st, 2019. Congressman Cunningham has co-sponsored legislation that would protect federal workers and their families from foreclosures, evictions, and loan defaults during a government shutdown and ensure active and reserve United States Coast Guard members receive their pay.

“Today marks the 26th day of the government shutdown. Federal workers have missed paychecks and for the first time ever, service members of the U.S. Coast Guard will not be paid,” said Congressman Cunningham.  “On my very first day in office, I voted on a series of bipartisan bills to end the partial government shutdown with the majority of the U.S. House of Representatives. We have continued to pass multiple individual appropriation bills to reopen vital government agencies. The Senate refuses to act on any of these bills, despite unanimously passing the same legislation last month. It is unacceptable for Members of Congress get paid when we have not done our jobs, so I have asked the House Administrator to withhold my paycheck until the government shutdown is over.”