Congressman Lowenthal Refuses Paycheck While Federal Gov’t Shut Down

October 7, 2013
Press Release

Congressman Alan Lowenthal today sent a letter to the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) requesting that due to the government shutdown he not be paid until federal employees working during the shutdown receive their paychecks. Currently, all Members of Congress will receive their monthly paychecks during the federal government shutdown while all other federal employees will not be paid.

"I had sincerely hoped we could avoid an irresponsible government shutdown by passing a reasonable solution to fund the government," said Congressman Lowenthal. "I refuse to accept my paycheck until federal employees who must work during the shutdown are paid. I am proud to stand with the hardworking federal employees of my district and across the nation by ensuring that I am treated no differently in this situation."

Certain federal employees will be forced to work during a shutdown without a paycheck until a bill to fund the federal government is enacted.

(see appended letter below)

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The Honorable Dan Strodel
Chief Administrative Officer
Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
H-B28, the Capitol
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chief Administrative Officer Strodel:

I am writing to ask that I not be given my salary, earned for the month of October and thereafter, as long as the lapse in appropriations continues.

As you know appropriations were not enacted prior to the start of fiscal year (FY) 2014, which began on October 1, 2013.  Because there was no appropriations legislation enacted, certain elements of the federal government were shut down.

When this shutdown occurred, hundreds of thousands of federal employees were furloughed.  Others, who are deemed to perform essential services, will be forced to work.  Despite the fact that these latter employers have to work, they will not receive paychecks during the period of a government shutdown.  However, it is my understanding that I, as a Member of Congress, will continue to receive a paycheck.

I believe it is simply wrong and unfair for me to receive my salary while Americans working hard across the country as part of our federal workforce receive nothing until this appropriations crisis is resolved.  Therefore, I ask that until federal employees, who must work during a federal government shutdown, are paid, I not be given my paycheck.

Thank you for your time and attention.


Alan Lowenthal

Member of Congress