Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOn The Money — Democrats craft billionaire tax with deal in reach Democrats face critical 72 hours Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — Manchin nixes Medicare expansion 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."
“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 TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled 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.