U.S. Congressman Mark Walker (R-N.C.) is refusing his salary during the government shutdown.

On Saturday, Walker sent a letter to Philip G. Kiko, the Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. House of Representatives, refusing his salary for as long as the shutdown is in place.

Walker released the following statement:

As long as 100,000 active-duty servicemen and servicewomen based in North Carolina are defending our freedom with no pay, the very least I can do is lead by example," Walker said. "Today, I wrote a letter to the Chief Administrative Officer of the House refusing my salary as well. Our heroes deserve better than this.

Missouri congresswoman Ann Wagner and Texas congressman John Carter also refused pay during the duration of the shutdown.

Rep. John Carter released the following statement on his website:

“I never thought I would see the day when Democrats put noncitizens above the American military and our children in need. The Democrats’ reckless decision to hold the American people hostage over unrelated immigration issues is completely irresponsible. A shutdown means our troops will work without pay, and millions of children from low and middle-income families are at risk of losing their health care. Democrats ought to be ashamed.”

Texas congressman Bill Flores announced on Facebook he would donate his take home pay to the Fisher House Foundation in the event of a government shutdown.

Read Rep. Mark Walker's full letter below:

Dear Mr. Kiko,

I have been informed that despite a lapse of appropriations and current government shutdown, Members of Congress will continue receiving their salary.

Please withhold my pay until an appropriations agreement has taken effect.


Mark Walker

Member of Congress

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