TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - As the government shutdown stretches into its third week and many employees have missed their first paycheck as a result, Arizona’s legislators are reacting in varied ways.
Newly appointed Arizona Senator Martha McSally stated she will not accept her pay until the partial government shutdown ends. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema will still get paid, but she has made a contribution to charity. Her office did not disclose the details of the contribution. Meanwhile, Rep. Raul Grijalva said that while he empathizes with those who are suffering, he won’t be donating his paycheck.
According to a news release from her Washington D.C. office, Sen. McSally sent a letter to the financial clerk of the U.S. Senate asking her pay be withheld until the shutdown has concluded.
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According to her office, Sen. McSally introduced the Pay Our Protectors Act. The bill would immediately initiate pay for essential federal law enforcement officers at the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice during the shutdown.
She also cosponsored the No Budget, No Pay Act which establishes a framework by which Congress would not be paid when budget and appropriations bills are not completed by the start of the federal fiscal year. Retroactive pay is also prohibited.