Oh The Generosity …

Last Thursday, CNN published a list of members of Congress who will decline their paycheck this month, in light of the government shutdown, and today the list is updated to include 102 members. Noble, eh? The list is comprised of an almost equal number of republicans and democrats. 20 Senators … out of 100, or 20%. 82 representatives out of 435, or 19%. Here is the list:

House of Representatives
• Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-Louisiana)
• Rep. Rick Allen (R-Georgia)
• Rep. Kelly Armstrong (new, R-North Dakota)
• Rep. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa)
• Rep. Don Bacon (R-Nebraska)
• Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Michigan)
• Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Oregon)
• Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Indiana)
• Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Florida)
• Rep. Tim Burchett (new, R-Tennessee)
• Rep. Kevin Calvert (R-California)
• Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-California)
• Rep. John Carter (R-Texas)
• Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Georgia)
• Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming)
• Rep. Jim Costa (D-California)
• Rep. Angie Craig (new, D-Minnesota)
• Rep. Dan Censhaw (new, R-Texas)
• Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah)
• Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Washington) (donating to the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project)
• Rep. Antonio Delgado (new, D-New York)
• Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-New York)
• Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Pennsylvania)
• Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pennsylvania)
• Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tennessee)
• Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina)
• Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Montana)
• Rep. Lance Gooden (new, R-Texas)
• Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas)
• Rep. Garret Graves (R-Louisiana)
• Rep. Mark Green (new, R-Tennessee)
• Rep. Kevin Hern (R-Oklahoma) (donating to veterans groups)
• Rep. French Hill (R-Arkansas)
• Rep. George Holding (R-North Carolina)
• Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas)
• Rep. Dusty Johnson (new, R-South Dakota)
• Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio)
• Rep. John Joyce (new, R-Pennsylvania)
• Rep. David Kustoff (R-Tennessee)
• Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado)
• Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio)
• Rep. Susie Lee (D-Nevada)
• Rep. Elaine Luria (new, D-Virginia)
• Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) (donating to food banks in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens)
• Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-New York)
• Rep. Ben McAdams (new, D-Utah)
• Rep. Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina)
• Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Michigan)
• Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Massachusetts)
• Rep. Ralph Norman (R-South Carolina) (donating to a charity to be determined)
• Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-Arizona)
• Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas)
• Rep. Chris Pappas (new, D-New Hampshire)
• Rep. Greg Pence (R-Indiana)
• Rep. Denver Riggleman (new, R-Virginia) (donating salary to volunteer fire department)
• Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Delaware) (donating to the First State Community Action Agency, the Food Bank of Delaware and the Coast Guard Mission Fund)
• Rep. Max Rose (new, D-New York)
• Rep. Chip Roy (new, R-Texas)
• Rep. Dutch Ruppersburger (D-Maryland)
• Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pennsylvania)
• Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Illinois)
• Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon) (donating to an Oregon charity)
• Rep. David Schweikert (R-Arizona)
• Rep. Brad Sherman (D-California)
• Rep. Mikie Sherrill (new, D-New Jersey)
• Rep. Elissa Slotkin (new, D-Michigan)
• Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (new, D-New Mexico)
• Rep. Jason Smith (R-Missouri)
• Rep. Abigail Spanberger (new, D-Virginia)
• Rep. Ross Spano (new, R-Florida)
• Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-New York)
• Rep. Van Taylor (new, R-Texas)
• Rep. David Trone (new, D-Maryland)
• Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Michigan)
• Rep. Mark Walker (R-North Carolina)
• Rep. Michael Waltz (new, R-Florida)
• Rep. Steve Watkins (new, R-Kansas)
• Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vermont)
• Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Virginia)
• Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas)
• Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Virginia) (donating to a charity to be determined)
• Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-New York)

• Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado)
• Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) (donating to Homes For The Brave)
• Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania)
• Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) (donating to local charities)
• Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana)
• Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) (donating to Hawaiian food banks)
• Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) (donating to charity, likely the North Dakota National Guard Foundation and the United Way’s Emergency Homeless Shelter in Bismarck)
• Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) (donating to The Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh)
• Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) (donating to charity)
• Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) (donating to West Virginia food banks)
• Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada) (donating to Nevada charity)
• Sen. Martha McSally (new, R-Arizona)
• Sen. Jacky Rosen (new, D-Nevada) (donating to domestic violence survivor programs in Nevada)
• Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) (donating to Vermont charities)
• Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minnesota) (donating to Advocates for Human Rights)
• Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska)
• Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland)
• Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia) (donating to unspecified charity)
• Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) (donating to refugee group HIAS)
• Sen. Todd Young (R-Indiana) (donating to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation)

Notably absent from the Senate list is Mitch McConnell, who has done more than his share to keep the government shut down.  His net worth being just under $27 million, I suppose he cannot afford to forego that $16,000 monthly paycheck.  But then, I also don’t see Nancy Pelosi’s name on the list either.

I do applaud the gesture these 102 men and women are making, but where are the rest of the loons in Congress who are mostly millionaires and can well afford to give up a month’s pay?  And while I always applaud those who donate to charity … wouldn’t it have made more sense to donate to the 800,000+ men and women who are not getting paid because our federal government can’t get its act together?

Erik Trump’s wife, Lara, who is a campaign advisor to Donald Trump, had something to say about those 833,000 federal workers who have now gone a full month with no paycheck …

lara trump

Lara Trump

“Listen, it’s not fair to you and we all get that.  But this is so much bigger than any one person. It is a little bit of pain but it’s going to be for the future of our country. And their children and their grandchildren and generations after them will thank them for their sacrifice right now.”

A “little bit of pain”Seriously, bitch?  This is a woman who has enough money to buy whatever she wants, a woman who has never in her life gone hungry or had to wonder how to pay the damn electric bill so she can keep the heat on!  Think about it, folks … a month with no pay, and now Trump is indicating that the shutdown could last well into March … or April.  And more than half these people are expected to show up for work every day, to pay for the gas or bus fare to get to work.  What happens when they cannot make their car payment and the car is repossessed?

To add insult to injury, while furloughed workers, those who are not working, are eligible for unemployment benefits during the shutdown, workers who are deemed ‘essential’ and are forced to work without pay are not eligible, per Donald Trump.  He has refused to allow states to offer unemployment benefits to federal workers who are required to work without pay during the shutdown.  I applaud three states, California, Colorado and Vermont, whose governors have defied Trump in this and will be paying unemployment to all federal workers who are not being paid.

“A matter of commonsense and compassion.” — Vermont Governor Phil Scott, a republican

“Jaw-dropping and extraordinary. The good news, we’re going to do it, and shame on them.” — California Governor Gavin Newsom

At least somebody has humanitarian values.  The ‘man’ who would be king certainly has none.  This government shutdown, now in its 33rd day, is the most serious screw-up by this president yet, and all based on a myth that he perpetuates to keep his base riled.  833,000 people are not paying taxes now, for they have no income.  The wealthy aren’t willing to make up that difference.  Those of us who do work for a living are still paying taxes, but … for what?  We have no government … what little government we have isn’t doing anything.  Air travel will soon begin grinding to a halt.  Tax refunds will not go out until … who knows when?  And we’re to applaud a handful of millionaire members of Congress for donating a paycheck back to the government?  I would rather they take their paycheck and donate it to those who are working as slave labour, with no pay.

There are a number of organizations that have established funds to help the federal workers:

  • United for U.S. – a joint effort by corporate partners, organized labor, the United Way network and nonprofits
  • Feeding America – makes donations to local food banks for distribution to federal workers
  • GoFundMe – distributes donations to nonprofit organizations across the country that are offering general relief to government workers, including but not limited to, food, counseling, and housing support.

Meanwhile, I read on Facebook tonight that one of my friends is “sending thoughts and prayers”.  I’m sure that will help them pay the mortgage and put food on the table.  I ‘un-friended’ that person.

I won’t apologize for my cynicism tonight, for it is well-founded, however tomorrow I will highlight the people who are truly being helpful and making generous contributions of time, goods and services to help the unpaid workers.  Fair enough?

21 thoughts on “Oh The Generosity …

  1. gee, none of Oklahoma’s senators or congressmen are on that list…surprise surprise.
    I can’t say the words that instantly popped into my head..I gave up cussing for lent. ARGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

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  2. All four of the Rhode Island Senators and Representatives, all Democrats, are also notably absent from the list. In truth, I am not overly impressed by the 102 that have done so. Cynic that I am becoming ( I blame Trump), it would seem to be good politics for both parties (especially those facing re-election), it is most likely tax deductible and it is probably not causing any hardship for them. In the unlikely event that the loss of income causes the loss of a dwelling place or food, it is also likely that they can find shelter and food at their day jobs. In the also unlikely event that I am wrong, my apologies. Whoa, I’m becoming rather snarky too! Thank-you!

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    • P.S. Lara Trump’s words carry no weight, other than her own trim lavishly cared for body’s assiduously maintained weight. Whoa, I’m beginning to enjoy this snarking thing! Thank-you, again!

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    • Heh heh heh … you are indeed learning the value of snarky in certain situations, and this is definitely one of them! Yes, with the possible exception of a few of the newbies in the House, every single one of them could afford to donate a month’s pay and nobody in their family would go hungry, they would not have to worry about the repo man coming for the car, or the bank foreclosing on their 8-bedroom homes. My hope is that the 102 will shame the rest into similar actions, but I’m not holding my breathe. Good job on the snarky, Ellen!!!


  3. Jill, surprise, surprise! My guys in the Capitol, Rubio, Scott, and Webster (all Republicans) are not on that list. In a few years when the Trumps are in orange jump suits behind bars, maybe I could ask them how a “little pain” feels.

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    • Hah! I don’t know anything about Webster, but Rubio and Scott don’t surprise me a bit. I hope this list shames them into finding their conscience. Yes, I would love to ask them all that question, including Jared Kushner. All born with a silver spoon in their mouth, and no conception of what it means to struggle to pay the bills or buy food.

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  4. Dear Jill,

    Those US Congressional lawmakers who are deciding to forgo their pay are probably the same ones who’ll vote to end the government shutdown asap.

    What’s her name Lara Trump is displaying the same insensitivity/ cluelessness as to how most Americans live paycheck to paycheck, as Senator Mitt Romney did with his 47% comments in 2012. By the way, he’s supporting the president’s shutdown. He better not get any ideas about his running to become the 46th US president.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I agree re Lara Trump … she is following suit of her father-in-law who said the workers not being paid would just have to ‘make adjustments’. And Wilbur Ross. And Larry Kudlow. These guys were born with silver spoons in their mouths … they truly don’t get what it’s like to not be able to pay the rent! I hope some of the other members of Congress also find a social conscience … I’m a bit disappointed that 80% of them haven’t yet.

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  5. I don’t get it – the government is shut down. They should all HAVE to go unpaid. Senate, House, Supreme Court Justices, the WH Cabinet – everyone. It should not be a choice, just like it’s not a choice for anyone else.

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    • Ahhh, but you see, it is only a ‘partial’ shutdown. The Treasury Department that issues Congress’ paychecks, as well as the cabinet, courts, and yes, even Trump, is still alive and well! You’re right … and if it weren’t a choice, if they weren’t getting paid, perhaps they would make a bit more effort to resolve this shutdown! We he People are apparently not complaining loudly enough or often enough.

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  6. The longer this goes on the more I think Trump and McConnell are poor attempts at human beings.I think the numbers of Reps and Senators could stand being a lot higher.Those who cannot afford to donate the whole amount could at least make a gesture in solidarity with the unpaid workers.

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    • I would agree with you that Trump and McConnell are sorry excuses for human beings, as are at least 90% of the people in Trump’s administration. I think that it is impossible to work for Trump is one has a conscience and is not willing to sell it downriver. It’s disappointing that there wasn’t close to 100% participation in this effort to donate their pay. I understand that some of the newbies truly cannot afford to, but those who’ve been in Congress for decades can surely skip a few pays, for most are millionaires. And what about his cabinet … the wealthiest ever … where are their donations? Jared & Ivanka? I’m disgusted with the entire lot of them.

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  7. Hey, Jill, nice to see you back to your snarky self tonight. Your friend is going to wondering what is wrong with you, she believes she is helping out, what more could she be expected to do?
    As for all these government officials, some gestures seem real while others seem more tokens. And all donations are tax deductible, are they not?

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