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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. (TX-28) sent a letter to the House Chief Administrative Officer requesting his salary be withheld in the event of a government shutdown.
Dr. Cuellar released the following statement regarding this development:
A full transcription of Dr. Cuellar’s remarks is as follows:
“Hello, this is Congressman Henry Cuellar.
I want to share with you an update from Washington, DC.
I just signed a letter to the House requesting that my Congressional salary be withheld if there’s a government shutdown.
I stand with my fifteen thousand five hundred and seventy-five federal employees in my district who may miss their paychecks if a shutdown happens.
If they’re not going to get paid, I’m not going to get paid.
Furthermore, let me be clear: I do not want a government shutdown.
I urge my Republican colleagues to work with us across the aisle to find a bipartisan solution to fund the government.
The American people are counting on us to deliver.
We’ve been in this position before.
The last five government shutdowns have been under a Republican majority in the House.
Let’s not make this the sixth Republican shutdown.
Let’s now find a bipartisan solution to keep the government open.
Thank you, and God bless you!”