With President Donald Trump set to give a prime-time address to the nation this evening arguing the case for a border wall, and with 800,000 federal employees either working without pay or furloughed, we figured it would be worthwhile to ask Pennsylvania’s elected federal officials whether they’re sharing the pain.
The answer, as is the case with almost everything in life, is yes and no.
In a statement, U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-10th District, said he’d “immediately requested that my pay be withheld – once again – which I’ve done in every instance of a government shutdown, including my time as a state representative.
“If Congress fails to do their job, they should not be paid,” Perry said.
Perry has some company among his southeastern Pennsylvania colleagues. According to WHYY-FM, Democrats Chrissy Houlahan of Chester County, Mary Gay Scanlon of Delaware County, and Dwight Evans of Philadelphia , along with Bucks County Republican Brian Fitzpatrick, have asked House administrators to withhold their pay for now.
Freshman GOP U.S. Rep. John Joyce, R-13th District, is also foregoing pay during the shutdown, his spokesman, Andrew Romeo, said.