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Sen. Sullivan won’t take pay during shutdown

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Sen. Dan Sullivan said he will refuse his paycheck during the partial government shutdown.

“Many Alaskans have asked me if I will be receiving a paycheck during the partial federal government shutdown,” he said in a statement Friday. “My answer is that I will not. I have instructed the Secretary of the U.S. Senate to withhold my pay until other federal workers get paid. I know this situation is tough for federal workers and their families and I’m hoping that a solution is reached soon.”

In the meantime, he said, Congress had passed a bill to ensure federal workers receive their paychecks retroactively. Sullivan said he supported the bill and will keep working with federal agencies to try to minimize the impact of the shutdown on Alaskans.

Alaska is the state with the highest percentage of federal workforce that has been impacted by the shutdown. Many agencies are open and functioning due to appropriations, but some, like the Department of Interior, are in shutdown status.

A handful of other members of Congress have said they will donate their salaries or have them withheld, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Rep. Max Rose, D-NY, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Rep. Kevin Hern, R-Okla., Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Haw., Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

The partial government shutdown is now the longest one in U.S. history.

The Senate convenes at 3 pm on Monday.

 

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

Latest comments

  • Thank you Dan Sullivan for doing the right thing!!!

    You’ve earned my respect and appreciation!!

  • Thank you Senator Sullivan. You are a true patriot ??

  • Wouldn’t it be nice if Dan could get 2 Senate votes and Lisa 0. It would be beneath Lisa to do what Dan Sullivan did. DUMP LISA.

  • Thank you Senator Sullivan, it refreshing to see you standing with our President. Wish Lisa would start acting like a Republican and start supporting President Trump.

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