U.S Congressman Jody Hice from Georgia’s 10th Congressional District announced on social media on Saturday. Hice said he would not seek further pay if military members did not get paid during the federal government’s shutdown.
Hice sent a letter to the Chief Administration Office to have his pay withheld until the military troops have their pay returned. Hice further blamed Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuch Schumer for the shutdown by placing in his post the hashtag #SchumerShutdown.
It is expected that the government shutdown could be several weeks and the military troops’ Feb. 1 pay will be delayed.
Furthermore, it is expected that the families of new troops killed in combat would not receive the Pentagon’s $100,000 death gratuity during a shutdown or military-funded travel to Dover Airforce Base. Military survivor benefits would still be paid along with military retiree pension payouts.
UPDATE – since the publishing of this article, other Congressmen are refusing pay nationwide.
Georgia Congressman Rick Allen from Georgia’s 12th Congressional District is also refusing pay.