Ryan to forego shutdown salary
By Racine Journal Times staff
WASHINGTON — Through the duration of the government shutdown, Congressman Paul Ryan will donate his paycheck to charity, a spokesman said Tuesday.
After Congress failed to pass a stopgap spending bill, the federal government shut down nonessential operations and furloughed thousands of federal employees starting midnight Monday.
The government will continue cutting checks to congressmen despite the shutdown.
Ryan, the Janesville Republican whose 1st District includes all of Racine County, reportedly will be foregoing that pay.
“Ryan donates any salary increase provided to members of Congress to charity,” spokesman Kevin Seifert wrote in an email Tuesday. “He plans to do the same during a government shutdown and donate any pay received to charity.”
Seifert did not respond to questions regarding to which charity the money will go.
At issue in the shutdown is a Republican spending bill which would keep the government funded but delay the Affordable Care Act.
Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, voted with his party on that bill Monday.
In a statement emailed to The Journal Times, Ryan said of his vote: “We voted once again to keep the federal government open. And we voted to provide families relief from Obamacare. We want to go to conference to work out our differences. By refusing to negotiate, Senate Democrats will effectively shut down the government. This could be avoided, and that is regrettable.”