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Rep. Cuellar: “If They’re Not Going to Get Paid, I’m Not Going to Get Paid”

Dr. Cuellar sends letter requesting his salary be withheld if the government shuts down

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U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. (TX-28) sent a letter to the House Chief Administrative Officer requesting his salary be withheld in the event of a government shutdown. Courtesy Image for illustration purposes
U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. (TX-28) sent a letter to the House Chief Administrative Officer requesting his salary be withheld in the event of a government shutdown. Courtesy Image for illustration purposes

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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. (TX-28) sent a letter to the House Chief Administrative Officer requesting his salary be withheld in the event of a government shutdown.

Dr. Cuellar released the following statement regarding this development:

Rep. Cuellar: “If They’re Not Going to Get Paid, I’m Not Going to Get Paid”

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A full transcription of Dr. Cuellar’s remarks is as follows:

“Hello, this is Congressman Henry Cuellar.

I want to share with you an update from Washington, DC.

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I just signed a letter to the House requesting that my Congressional salary be withheld if there’s a government shutdown.

I stand with my fifteen thousand five hundred and seventy-five federal employees in my district who may miss their paychecks if a shutdown happens.

If they’re not going to get paid, I’m not going to get paid.

Furthermore, let me be clear: I do not want a government shutdown.

I urge my Republican colleagues to work with us across the aisle to find a bipartisan solution to fund the government.

The American people are counting on us to deliver.

We’ve been in this position before.

The last five government shutdowns have been under a Republican majority in the House.

Let’s not make this the sixth Republican shutdown.

Let’s now find a bipartisan solution to keep the government open.

Thank you, and God bless you!”

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