Incoming Dem lawmaker to donate pay during shutdown

Rep.-elect Max RoseMax RoseFreshman House Dems surge past GOP in money race McCarthy holds courtesy meeting with ex-Rep. Grimm Convicted Michael Grimm close to new House run: 'I'm 90 percent of the way there' MORE (D-N.Y.) announced Monday that he will join those donating their congressional salary to charity during the partial government shutdown as the funding lapse is set to carry over into the new Congress.

“This shutdown is an insult to Americans who work their heart out every day because unlike Congress they can’t afford to act like children,” Rose said in a statement. “This isn’t a game and the President’s behavior has been an embarrassment. It’s time for us to do our jobs. As long as hard working families aren’t getting the paychecks they depend on, I won’t take one either.”

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The shutdown began on Dec. 22 as a result of an impasse over funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Negotiations have stalled in the ensuing days, and the partial shutdown will greet the newly Democratic-controlled House later this week.

Rose and other members-elect are set to be sworn in on Thursday, giving Democrats control of the lower chamber for the first time in eight years.

Shortly after the new members are sworn in, House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrump pushes back on impeachment talk: 'Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!' Moulton enters 2020 White House race Trump takes aim at Dem talk of impeachment MORE (Calif.), likely the next Speaker, is expected to bring up legislation to reopen the government. The package will include legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8, keeping spending levels for border security at $1.3 billion, as well as legislation to fund other federal agencies with funding lapses through the rest of the fiscal year.

The House Democrats' proposal was quickly criticized by House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Mueller report poses new test for Dems Washington in frenzy over release of Mueller report MORE (R-N.C.), who has the ear of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls Sri Lankan prime minister following church bombings Ex-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' The biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone MORE. The White House has wanted $5 billion for a border wall.

Rose, an Army veteran who defeated Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.) in the midterm elections, isn't the only politician to say they will donate their pay during the shutdown. Multiple lawmakers from both parties have also announced that they will donate their salaries to charitable organizations or asked that their pay be withheld while federal agencies aren't funded.

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump takes aim at Dem talk of impeachment Democrats leave impeachment on the table Michael Steele: A missed opportunity at holding banks accountable MORE (D-N.Y.) said that she thinks congressional salaries should be furloughed during the next shutdown.