Congressman Ami Bera

Representing the 7th District of California
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Congressman Bera to give up pay earned during shutdown

Oct 1, 2013
Press Release

Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. announced today that he will give up his federal pay for the duration of the government shutdown.

“Congress should lead by example and put people before politics,” said Bera. “If Congress can’t do its job and put the American people first, then they certainly shouldn’t get paid during a crisis that they are causing. We must stop the finger pointing, start acting like adults, and make Washington work for the people again.”
While essential services like air traffic control and homeland security will continue to function during the shutdown, many federal employees will report to work but not receive pay, and many more are being furloughed without pay. Members of Congress, however, continue to be paid.

Bera has led the fight to keep Congress accountable. He’s been a major proponent of the No Budget No Pay Act, which says if members of Congress don’t do their job and pass a responsible budget, they don’t get paid.  Additionally, in response to sequester cuts, he donates 8.2 percent of his check each month to local organization impacted by the cuts.

Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. represents Sacramento County. Born and raised in California, Bera is a physician and the only Indian American currently serving in Congress. He’s fighting to rebuild an economy that works for middle class families and to reduce our country’s debt in a responsible way. One of Bera’s first acts in Congress was to help lead the effort to pass the No Budget No Pay Act, which says if members of Congress don’t pass a budget, they don’t get paid. As a co-chair of No Labels' Problem Solvers, he’s working with people from both parties to find bipartisan solutions to our nation’s challenges. He and his wife Janine live in Elk Grove with their daughter Sydra. For more updates on Rep. Bera follow @RepBera on Twitter, like Congressman Bera on Facebook, or visit http://www.bera.house.gov.