September 27, 2016

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ASHFORD CALLS FOR FUNDING BILL TO AVOID SHUTDOWN

WILL GIVE UP SALARY IF CONGRESS FAILS TO ACT

Omaha, NE – Today, Rep. Brad Ashford renewed his commitment to passing a bipartisan funding bill that will keep the government open, or he would give up his Congressional salary.

“Hard-working Nebraskans know that if they don’t do their job, they will not get paid. Congress should be held to that same standard,” said Congressman Ashford. “Members of Congress continually shirk their responsibilities to the American people and still accept their costly special privileges and salaries. That must stop.”

If Congress fails to pass a spending bill before Friday, government agencies will shutdown and millions of Americans will see a disruption in crucial services. The last government shutdown in 2013 cost our economy an estimated $24 billion, according to Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services.

“Washington must be held accountable for its inaction, and that starts with our elected officials. The American people deserve better,” said Ashford. “Both parties need to come together and put partisanship aside to pass a spending bill for the benefit of our country.”

Congressman Ashford introduced the “Congressional Accountability Now (CAN) Act” in September to reduce Congressional salaries by 10 percent, eliminate Congressional pensions, and ban the use of tax dollars on special privileges such as first-class flights and promotional mass mailings. Ashford has donated 10 percent of his government salary to fund the Nebraska 2nd District Congressional Scholarship.

Rep. Ashford introduced H.R. 1032 the No Homeland Security, No Pay Act. He is also a cosponsor of H.R. 187 the No Budget, No Pay Act and H.R. 2023 Hold Congress Accountable Act.