by Jennifer Swift
Feb 27, 2014
02:21 PM
Connecticut Politics

Connecticut Lawmakers Keep Their Promise on Shutdown Paychecks

Connecticut Lawmakers Keep Their Promise on Shutdown Paychecks

A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy told CNN last year that the legislator planned to keep the salary he earned during the 2013 federal government shutdown.

Members of Congress from Connecticut who pledged not to accept their salaries for time they worked during the federal government shutdown last year did as they promised, according to a report tracking legislators who made that pledge from the Washington Post.

About 250 legislators said they would give up their salaries during the shutdown while federal workers went unpaid. Workers were paid retroactively for the duration of the shutdown.

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4, donated an "undisclosed amount" to three seperate organizations: some of the money went to the Carver Center in Norwalk, some to ABCD Inc. in Bridgeport and some to the Stamford Boys and Girls Club.

According to the list published by the WaPo, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3, donated her gross pay, pro-rated for the 16 days of the shutdown, though the amount was not disclosed. She donated to the Ted DeLauro Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5, gave $4,044.82 to "Connecticut's Temporary Assistance Fund," a fund for Connecticut military veterans, and an additional $1,500 of her pay received during the shutdown went to the Fisher House. 

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal gave $7,250 to the Wounded Warrior Project. 

CNN asked all legislators whether they would keep their paycheck or donate it, and a spokesman for U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy said he would keep his. There was no reponse from Reps. Joe Courtney or John Larson in the report. 


Connecticut Lawmakers Keep Their Promise on Shutdown Paychecks

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