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Kilmer vows to give up pay if government shuts down

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer announced Monday that he will give up his pay if the federal government shuts down Tuesday.

Kilmer said he won't take a paycheck for the duration of a government shutdown if the House and Senate don’t reach a compromise by Oct. 1 on legislation to keep federal agencies funded.

“I am dead set against a government shutdown because it will have serious effects on our economy and because many people rely on services provided by federal agencies,” Kilmer said.

“I believe in leading by example – if Congress can’t get its act together to stop a government shutdown, then I don’t believe members of Congress should be paid," he said. "That’s why today I’m announcing I will give up my pay for the duration of a government shutdown."

Kilmer, a Democrat, represents Washington's 6th District. He said Congress should put politics aside and get a long-term budget in place.

“The fact that some in Congress would risk a shutdown in order to score political points demonstrates why Congress is currently held in lower regard than head lice," Kilmer said. "Should the government shut down, I will give up my pay to lead by example in the hopes that Congress will stop the dysfunction, stop the self-imposed crises, and start working on a balanced, bipartisan, long-term budget.”

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