Rep. Poliquin donating taxpayer salary to Maine charity amid shutdown

Published: Jan. 22, 2018 at 11:28 AM EST
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Congressman Bruce Poliquin, who voted to avert a government shutdown, will be refusing any salary from taxpayers while the government and critical services to Mainers remain unfunded and will be donating the money to the Good Shepherd Food Bank, a statewide charity in Maine.

“While Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate hold the government hostage over politics, Mainers are the ones who lose,” said Congressman Poliquin. “It is outrageous that anyone in Congress continues to collect a paycheck while critical services and the federal government remain unfunded, and I will not be accepting a dime while this dysfunction in Washington goes on.”

Congressman Poliquin is an original cosponsor of the Pay Our Protectors, Not Our Politicians Act, legislation to withhold pay for Members of Congress during a lapse in government funding.

Additionally the bill ensures members of the military and national security employees within the Department of Homeland Security receive pay during a government shutdown.

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