Introduces Pay Our Protectors Act to initiate pay for essential federal law enforcement officers at DHS and DOJ during shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Martha McSally sent a letter to the financial clerk of
the U.S. Senate asking that her paycheck be withheld until the partial government shutdown has
concluded.

“Today, I requested that my pay be withheld until the partial government shutdown is over, and I
cosponsored legislation to block Members of Congress from receiving a paycheck when a
budget and funding bills aren’t completed by the start of the fiscal year,” Sen. McSally said. “I
also just introduced legislation to pay federal law enforcement officers as they continue to serve
during the partial shutdown. I don’t believe Members of Congress should get paid while those
who keep us safe, like our border patrol agents and CBP officers at our ports of entry, continue
to work tirelessly without pay not knowing how they’ll afford their rent and support their families.
Let’s break the gridlock and find a path forward to secure our border and fund the government.”

Click HERE to read full letter.

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Background:
-Senator McSally introduced the Pay Our Protectors Act. The bill would immediately initiate pay
for essential federal law enforcement officers at the Department of Homeland Security and
Department of Justice during the shutdown.

-Senator McSally also cosponsored the No Budget, No Pay Act which establishes a framework
by which Members of Congress are not paid when a budget and appropriations bills are not
completed by the start of the federal fiscal year. Retroactive pay is also prohibited.

Background:

-Senator McSally introduced the Pay Our Protectors Act. The bill would immediately initiate pay
for essential federal law enforcement officers at the Department of Homeland Security and
Department of Justice during the shutdown.

-Senator McSally also cosponsored the No Budget, No Pay Act which establishes a framework
by which Members of Congress are not paid when a budget and appropriations bills are not
completed by the start of the federal fiscal year. Retroactive pay is also prohibited.

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