Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren has decided to give her wage in a donation to show solidarity with the unpaid federal workers during the partial government shutdown, The Hill reported.
“Over 7,000 people in Massachusetts have been sent home or are working without pay during the #TrumpShutdown. Until @realDonaldTrump re-opens the government, I’m donating my salary to @HIASrefugees, a nonprofit that helps refugees and makes our country stronger in the process,” Warren tweeted.
Warren said she wants to donate her salary to a non-profit organization helping refugees, called Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS).
The HIAS caught the public’s eye following the shooting in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, where 11 people were killed. The gunman had posted invectives against the group on social media before carrying out the shooting.
The partial government shutdown, which began on Dec. 22, has left 800,000 federal employees unsure of when they will see their next paycheck.
President Trump said he would not sign a bill to re-open the unfunded 25 percent of the government unless he gets $5 billion in funding for his proposed U.S.–Mexico border wall. Democrats, opposed to the wall, have offered to keep current funding levels in place, which would provide $1.3 billion for already-approved fencing.
Several other lawmakers, including Representative-elect Max Rose, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, and Senator Mazie Hirono, also said they would be donating their salaries to charity for the duration of the shutdown.