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Bergman donates salary during shutdown

Michigan's congressman Jack Bergman announced he will donate his salary during the federal government's partial shutdown.
Jack Bergman

Congressman Jack Bergman is donating his salary during the Federal Government’s partial shutdown.

In a statement yesterday, Bergman announced he’s giving his pay to local charities in Michigan’s First Congressional District.

"If Congress fails to do its job resulting in a shutdown, then we should forfeit our pay as well," writes Bergman. "American citizens sent us to Washington to solve problems, not cause them. If we can't do that, we don’t deserve to get paid.”

The move follows his co-sponsorship of a bill which would prohibit Members of Congress from getting paid during a government shutdown.

Bergman supports President Trump’s call for border security – including a border wall – which is a sticking point in federal budget negotiations.

"We must do whatever it takes to prioritize national security and secure our borders," he writes.