Manchin to donate salary during shutdown to food banks

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinGOP senator: Gun control debate 'hasn't changed much at all' back home What the gun safety debate says about Washington Sunday shows - Recession fears dominate MORE (D-W.Va.) announced Tuesday that he will donate his pay during the government shutdown to food banks in West Virginia.

Manchin called the shutdown "reckless" in a statement and said members of Congress don't deserve to be paid if they "cannot do our job."

He also called it "unacceptable" that families in West Virginia who use food stamps "will go without that critical assistance."

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“If Congress cannot do our job, we should not get paid. As a result of this reckless shutdown, 340,000 West Virginians who depend on food stamps will go without that critical assistance. Children will go hungry, pregnant mothers will not get the nutrients they need and our elderly neighbors will not have dinner on the table," he said.

"This is unacceptable. In West Virginia, we look out for one another and I know food banks across the state will be doing their best to fill this void. I applaud them for always stepping up to serve their communities," Manchin continued.

The federal government has been in a partial shutdown since Dec. 22, with lawmakers at odds over President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE's demand for Congress to approve funding for a wall along the southern border.

By pledging to give his salary to food banks, Manchin became the latest lawmaker to either forfeit or donate pay during the shutdown, joining dozens of others from both parties.