Dem senator vows to donate salary for each day of government shutdown

Sen. Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoLife in the minority at the FCC Dem senators call for Trump to restore release for pregnant migrants Jury rejects Harry Reid lawsuit against fitness band maker MORE (D-Nev.) announced early Saturday morning that she will again donate her salary to charity for every day the federal government is shut down.

“I cannot take a salary during a government shutdown knowing that so many federal workers in Nevada and across the country will go without pay,” Cortez Masto tweeted shortly after the shutdown began at midnight. “I’ll be donating my salary to a Nevada charity for every day of the Trump shutdown."

Cortez Masto also criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Feds say marijuana ties could prevent immigrants from getting US citizenship Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll MORE in another tweet for bringing the country “into yet another crisis right before the holidays,” saying "We should be working together to end to this shutdown." 

The Nevada Democrat also donated her salary during a government shutdown in January.

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Congress failed to meet the midnight deadline on Friday to reach an agreement to fund numerous federal agencies, resulting in a partial shutdown.

Agencies including the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Treasury, Homeland Security, Interior, State, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency are impacted by the expired funding. 

The squabble over funding centered around money to pay for Trump’s long-desired wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump said earlier this month that he would be “proud” to trigger a shutdown over border wall funding but reversed on Friday, saying Democrats are to blame.

Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars Dem legal analyst says media 'overplayed' hand in Mueller coverage Former FBI official praises Barr for 'professional' press conference MORE (N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent 20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform Hillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars MORE (Calif.) pointed fingers at Trump’s “temper tantrum.”

"President Trump has said more than 25 times that he wanted a shutdown and now he has gotten what he wanted," Schumer and Pelosi said in a joint statement shortly after the midnight deadline to fund the government passed.