Reversing an earlier position, Rep. Susan Davis announced she will give up her federal paycheck as the government shutdown went into its second week.
“I requested that my paychecks be held until this
is over,” the Democratic Congresswoman said in a statement Monday.
“The shutdown and
the uncertainty it has created is devastating to many
public servants, their
families and the surrounding community that depends on
them. Although the Constitution says members must
be paid, it is only fair that members of Congress, as
federal workers, should
share the burden with those affected by the shutdown.”
Earlier Davis said she would keep her pay. She pointed out that the 27th Amendment has been interpreted
to mean that members
must still be paid during the shutdown. Many members of Congress are keeping their pay.
On Saturday, legislation
that Davis cosponsored to provide back pay to federal
workers regardless of
furlough status passed the House by a vote of 407-0.
Davis' 53rd District includes La Mesa, Lemon Grove, El Cajon and large parts of San Diego and Chula Vista.