In First Official Act, Congressman Chris Pappas Will Reject Paycheck Until Government Is Re-Opened

January 3, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Immediately after being sworn in as a member of the 116th Session of the House of Representatives, Congressman Chris Pappas will make it his first official act to reject a paycheck until the government is re-opened. This afternoon, Congressman Pappas will send the attached letter to the Chief Administrative Officer of the House, making the request official. Congressman Pappas has pledged to support the House efforts to end the partial government shutdown that is affecting 800,000 federal government workers.

Congressman Chris Pappas issued the following statement detailing his first official act:

"As someone who has run a small business, I could not imagine receiving a paycheck while any of my employees are working without pay. For this reason, I'm requesting that my pay be withheld until the current shutdown has ended and the entire federal government is reopened. The federal employees who are furloughed or had to work through the holidays without a paycheck are the victims of Washington-style politics at its worst. We should give our federal workers and the American people the functional, responsive government they deserve by ending this misguided shutdown. Until that happens, Congress doesn’t deserve to get paid.”