SI Congressman Doesn’t Want Lawmakers To Be Paid During Shutdowns

February 04, 2019 - 2:38 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A Staten Island congressman is looking to take action to prevent lawmakers from collecting a paycheck in the event of another government shutdown.

Democrat Max Rose, who ousted Republican incumbent Dan Donovan from Staten Island/Brooklyn in November, believed neither the legislative nor executive branches of government should get a paycheck during a shutdown. He wants them to feel the same pain as furloughed federal workers.

“We were elected to try to fix things. And, I failed as a legislator. I didn't think I deserved a paycheck,” Rose told WCBS 880.

Now, he is also backing legislation that would put government spending on auto pilot if Congress can’t agree on a budget.

He says the measure is “basically a safe-gap to politicians arguing with each other and using a shutdown as a form of negotiation.

Rose believes President Donald Trump and members of Congress used the shutdown as “a tool of brinksmanship” and flatly said: “It's wrong.”

The Staten Island congressman donated his salary from the month of the shutdown to the Coast Guard and Camelot Counseling, which helps people with opioid addiction.