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Moulton: I Won't Accept Paycheck During Government Shutdown

Jan 08, 2019 04:16PM

Seth Moulton

(Editor's note: The following press release was submitted by the office of Congressman Seth Moulton, D-MA6) 

Washington, D.C. - Today, as the Trump shutdown drags on, Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) announced he would not be accepting pay as long as furloughed government employees are not paid. This Friday will be the first paycheck that workers will miss as a result of Trump’s shutdown. In a special video message where he offered instructions for constituents who need to apply for unemployment, Moulton says the following:

“President Trump is playing politics with our border security, our public safety, and our federal employees. We’ve got to end this shutdown, but until we do, please reach out to us and we’ll help however we can.”

 Trump’s shutdown is having a direct impact on Constituents of the Sixth District. Moulton’s office has over a dozen open cases assisting constituents directly impacted by the shutdown including seven urgent cases that have been put on hold due to disruptions at federal agencies. Moulton has been using his social media platforms to highlight the personal stories of those being affected, like Brenda from Reading who worked for the federal government for three years in the mid-1980s. She recently applied for Social Security Disability and was approved quickly, but to finalize her application, she needs documentation from the Office of Personnel Management showing that she does not qualify for a pension. Until OPM re-opens, Brenda’s application cannot be completed, leaving her without income. 

 In addition, Moulton’s congressional office is offering the following resources:

  • federal resources link, which went live on Saturday afternoon
  • The office’s casework team has over a dozen open cases helping individuals affected by the shutdown
  • The office’s casework team also held remote office hours at Gloucester City Hall to answer questions about local resources available and get contact information to open up cases for individuals having trouble with state benefit applications and federal agencies
  • Moulton’s office has been working with colleagues in the statehouse to facilitate unemployment claims
  • The office’s casework team is also providing support and information for constituents whose cases are affected by the shutdown, including referrals to community (i.e. non-government) resources and proactively reaching out to constituents whose casework is on hold
  • Moulton is once again an original co-sponsor of the “Hold Congress Accountable Act,” legislation to reduce the salary of Members of Congress in the event of a government shutdown for as long as the shutdown continues. Moulton and colleagues originally introduced this legislation in the 115th Congress as H.R.1794.
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