As of January 20th the federal government entered into a shutdown due to a lack of appropriations. I'm extremely disappointed in Congress for failing to do its job and continuing to budget by crisis. Going forward, we must get Congress back to passing a budget and appropriations bills on time. I have repeatedly introduced pieces of legislation, the No Budget, No Pay Act and the Stay on Schedule Resolution, that require Members of Congress to do their jobs or not get a paycheck or vacation.
It is unacceptable for Congress to fail in fulfilling one of its most basic duties outlined in the Constitution. We should feel the consequences for not doing our job. I want you to know that until this government shutdown is over, I am having my paycheck withheld. Once Congressional leaders can reach an agreement and we reopen or government, I will donate my pay from during the shutdown to a military-related charity.
While the President and Congressional leadership continue negotiations to reach a deal to fund the government, my office will continue to remain open Monday-Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM should you need any assistance.
Will veterans hospital be open?
Will I get continue to get my mail?
Will I continue to receive my Social Security Benefits?
What happens to Medicaid and Medicare?
What about airports?
Will National Parks be open?The Department of Interior has state is interior to keep as many parks, lands, and monuments open. Accessibility to parks is on a case by case basis. For more information, visit U.S. Department of the Interior website.
I set up a tour through your office. Will it occur?
What about federal courts?
What's the status of the military?
Below are some more materials to answer questions you may on government operations during a government shutdown: https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/agency-contingency-plans/
You can give my office a call as well. It's an honor to serve you and Virginia's First District in the People's House.
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