Congressman Paul Tonko released the following statement Wednesday, the second day of the government shutdown.
"I believe people should only get paid if they actually do their jobs. That's why I will not accept my salary while the government is shut down. I am an official cosponsor of legislation that would suspend salaries for Members of Congress when the federal government closes its doors. This isn't the first time I've supported this concept. I have long supported the No Budget, No Pay provisions floated by outside groups.
But my focus isn't on my salary. My focus remains on furloughed workers, children who are missing out on vital Head Start services, and millions of other Americans that are feeling the pain because the House of Representatives refuses to pass a clean spending bill without attaching irresponsible and reckless provisions that defund or delay the Affordable Care Act."