With the shutdown in its third day, a flurry of Facebook pages, tweets, and statements in local media reports indicate many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle will be donating salaries to organizations ranging from the Wounded Warrior Project to the March of Dimes.
“I appreciate the symbolism of a Congressperson not accepting wages when other federal employees are not getting paid,” says Mike Ostrowski, president and CEO of Child and Family Services of New Hampshire, to which Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D) of New Hampshire plans to donate at least a portion of her salary.
Funding for the group’s services for runaway and homeless youths comes from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children & Families, and Mr. Ostrowski says he’s not able to reach people in Washington to know how those funds will be affected.
“Any donation we got, we’d certainly endeavor to keep these going, and we would certainly not dump kids out of residences,” he says, “but we would take a significant hit to our balance sheet if we found out there is no funding during the shutdown.”
New Hampshire’s other members of Congress, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R), have also said they’ll donate charity during the shutdown.