Cortez Masto to donate salary since federal employees won’t get paid during government shutdown


U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, D-NV, plans to give up her salary due to the government shutdown.

“I remain committed to continuing to work with my colleagues to keep the federal government open. Sadly, President Trump has brought our country into yet another crisis right before the holidays. The Senate has already acted in a bipartisan way to fund the government. We now wait for our President to work with us. The President can end the Trump shutdown today. Until then, I cannot take a salary knowing that so many federal workers in Nevada and across the country will go without pay.” 

A partial federal shutdown took hold early Saturday after Democrats refused to meet President Donald Trump’s demands for $5 billion to start erecting his cherished Mexican border wall, a chaotic postscript for Republicans in the waning days of their two-year reign controlling government.

Vice President Mike Pence, Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney left the Capitol late Friday after hours of bargaining with congressional leaders produced no apparent compromise. “We don’t have a deal. We’re still talking,” Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., told reporters.

The gridlock blocks money for nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, Agriculture, State, and Justice.

Sen. Cortez Masto said she would donate her salary to a Nevada charity for every day of the Trump shutdown.

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