Ga. Congressman Buddy Carter says he is refusing his paycheck during gov’t shutdown

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On Thursday, Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-Ga.) sent out a statement saying he has directed the Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. House of Representatives to withhold his pay, including the month of January, during the partial government shutdown. 

His statement reads:

“If the hardworking federal employees in the First District of Georgia aren’t receiving a paycheck, I won’t either,” said Carter. “This shutdown is simply unacceptable and it should have never happened in the first place. The number one responsibility of the federal government is to provide for the common defense. By failing to secure the border, Congress is failing at our most important job. I was proud to support legislation to fund the government, the border wall and border security, but it was blocked by Democrats in the Senate. Unfortunately, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle refuse to negotiate in the slightest and continue to maintain their ‘not one cent’ attitude towards border security. I will continue to call on my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to come forward with a realistic compromise plan to secure our border and end this shutdown. In the meantime, if any federal workers need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We are here to help in any way we can.” 

Carter also stated that federal employees who need assistance during the partial government shutdown should call his office in Savannah at 912-352-0101.

Click here to view a copy of Carter’s request to withhold his salary until an appropriations agreement has taken effect.

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