WASHINGTON, D.C. – Newly seated Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) has formally requested his pay be withheld during the partial-government shutdown, now in its third week.
Kim, a former federal worker who had worked through other shutdowns, said he stands by workers and their families who won’t be getting a paycheck.
“The pain and financial hardship placed on 800,000 federal workers as a result of this government shutdown is unnecessary and unacceptable, particularly since it affects so many of those tasked with protecting our country and our borders including federal law enforcement, Customs and Border Protection agents, Secret Service agents, Transportation Security Administration agents, Coast Guard employees and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency staff,” Kim wrote in a Jan. 10 letter to Phil Kiko, the Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. House of Representatives.
“I will continue to vote in support of re-opening government, in support of strong, smart border security and will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to advance real solutions for the people of New Jersey’s Third District,” Kim wrote.
According to CNN.com, the last federal government shutdown was under Barack Obama and lasted 16 days, Oct. 1-16, 2013. The longest shutdown since 1976 was 21 days under Bill Clinton, Dec. 16, 1995 to Jan. 5, 1996.