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Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

Representing the 8th District of Illinois

Congressman Krishnamoorthi Requests Congress Withhold His Salary For Remainder Of Government Shutdown

January 7, 2019
Press Release
Congressman Not Getting Paid Until Government Reopens, Donating Pay From December Shutdown Week To Charity

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi has requested that his salary from January 1st through the remainder of the shutdown be withheld, delaying his pay until the government reopens in solidarity with workers who aren’t being paid while also donating his pay from the December portion of the shutdown to local charities.

“The federal shutdown would end immediately if President Trump chose to stop holding federal workers hostage to his demand for billions in taxpayer dollars for an unnecessary wall.  I am actively working and voting to restore funding and provide pay to the Border Agents, TSA staff, tax refund processors, federal loan administrators, and other workers who are doing their jobs in service to the American people. In solidarity with government employees working for the American people without pay, furloughed workers, and taxpayers denied government services because of this shutdown, I’ve requested that my salary be withheld until the conclusion of the shutdown.  I’m donating my pay from the December portion of the shutdown to charity.  It is my hope that the President embraces our efforts to reopen the government and finally agrees to bring this shutdown to an end.”

Congressman Krishnamoorthi’s letter to Philip G. Kiko, the Chief Administrative Officer, requesting his salary be withheld from January 1st through the remainder of the shutdown is available here and the text follows below:


January 7, 2019


Mr. Philip G. Kiko

Chief Administrative Officer

HB-26, Capitol Building

Washington, DC 20515


Dear Mr. Kiko,

As with the previous two shutdowns that have occurred during my time as a Member of Congress, I know that in the event of a lapse in appropriations, Members will continue to receive their salary despite the government shutdown.

I respectfully request that my pay be withheld during the current lapse in government appropriations starting on January 1st, 2019, and ask it continue to be withheld until this shutdown ends.

If you have any questions, please contact my office at 202-225-3711.



     Raja Krishnamoorthi

     Member of Congress