Today, Representative Lou Correa (CA-46) sent a letter to Catherine Szpindor, Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives, demanding that his pay be withheld until a possible government shutdown is concluded.
“As we near a government shutdown, I would like to request that in the event of a lapse in appropriations, my pay be withheld until the government funding is passed and the shutdown is over,” Correa wrote. “It is my understanding that the Constitution requires Members of Congress to receive their pay during a lapse in appropriations. However, I wish to forego my pay until those most hurt by the shutdown are made whole.”
Following the delivery of the letter, Rep. Correa released the following statement:
“This morning, I asked the House to withhold my pay if the government shuts down because of my Republican colleague’s inability to govern. If our servicemembers, federal workers, and staff won’t get paid, neither should we—period.”
You can read the full text of the letter HERE.
ABOUT LOU: Congressman Lou Correa is a longtime Orange County resident with deep local roots. To this day, he lives only three miles from his childhood neighborhood in Anaheim. He is the son of working-class parents whose hard work gave him a chance at success and has spent his career fighting to protect the American Dream and ensure anyone can reach the middle class, just as he did. In 2016, Lou was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives to continue his work by representing the community he has spent the past 20 years serving, fighting to give everyone access to the same opportunity he had. Congressman Correa is committed to working across party lines to strengthen the middle class and give everyone a shot at the American Dream by investing in education, healthcare, and our fading infrastructure. He has introduced legislation to protect the legal rights of immigrants, care for veterans, and fight against the wasteful spending of taxpayer money.