Dem rep asks for asks for pay to be withheld during shutdown

Freshman Rep. Jennifer WextonJennifer Lynn WextonVa. Dems stand by calls for Northam to resign, withhold judgment on Herring Fairfax removed from leadership post in lieutenant governors group Virginia Legislative Black Caucus calls on Fairfax to step down MORE (D-Va.) sent a letter Thursday to the House chief administrative officer asking for her pay to be withheld as a partial government shutdown drags on into a third week.

“Because members of Congress continue to receive their pay during these shutdowns even though our constituents do not, please withhold my pay until an appropriations agreement has been reached and other federal employees begin receiving their pay,” she wrote. 

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Approximately 25 percent of the government shut down on Dec. 22, including the Departments of Homeland Security, Agriculture, Treasury, Commerce, Justice, Interior and State. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers have either been furloughed or required to work without pay. 

Wexton’s district is home to tens of thousands of federal workers. She defeated Republican incumbent Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockGOP lawmaker introduces bill to stop revolving door Ex-lawmakers face new scrutiny over lobbying Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign MORE in November and was sworn in Thursday.

Numerous lawmakers have said they will donate their pay to charity, such as Rep. Max RoseMax RoseJudiciary chairman criticizes fellow Democrat for treading in anti-Semitic 'hate' Dem lawmaker on Omar tweet: Be careful about how you discuss sensitive issues GOP leader urges Dems to call out 'anti-Semitic tropes' MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sens. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoNew battle lines in war over Trump’s judicial picks Trump divides Democrats with warning of creeping socialism Booker, Gillibrand, Warren call on Fairfax to resign after rape allegation MORE (D-Hawaii) and Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoSchumer urging ex-congressional candidate Amy McGrath to run against McConnell Mark Kelly launches Senate bid in Arizona Former McCain chief of staff says he will not run for Senate in Arizona in 2020 MORE (D-Nev.).

The partial government shutdown is in its 14th day as the White House and Capitol Hill have yet to come to an agreement on a spending bill, with funding for a border wall emerging as the focal point of negotiations. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE said Friday he is demanding $5.6 billion as part of any legislation to end the shutdown, but House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' Winners and losers in the border security deal House passes border deal, setting up Trump to declare emergency MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' House passes border deal, setting up Trump to declare emergency Christie: Trump doesn’t give nicknames to people he respects MORE (D-N.Y.) have both said they would not agree to allocate any additional funds for the wall. 

Congressional leaders huddled with the president at the White House Friday for the second time this week in a meeting Pelosi called “contentious” and Trump called “productive.”