U.S. Sen. Kurt Schrader not happy the government has come to this

United States Sen. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) said he will accept no pay during the government shut down, preferring instead to donate it to an Oregon charity. Schrader made it clear where he stood on the federal government shut down and its causes in a statement Tuesday. “I firmly believe that if members of Congress fail to perform their most basic duty in passing a budget, then they do not deserve to be paid. It is in that vein that I will be donating the congressional salary I collect during the shutdown to a local Oregon charity to be named later. It’s time for Congress to get its act together.” Schrader said that Oregonians expect this country’s Congress to work together to pass a budget, create certainty in the markets for investors and get people back to work. “What they do not expect from us is to pound our chests over lost political causes, risk shutting down the economy and end vital services and investments they depend on,” Schrader said. “Instead of coming to the table and working with willing Democrats like me to find middle ground on our nation’s budget problems, House Republicans chose to cater to their reckless Tea Party ideologues and shut down the U.S. government. This is exactly the opposite of what American families and businesses need. Schrader pointed to Tea Party loyalists as a large part of the problem and dared them to justify “this terrible mess they have made.” Schrader said he would continue to work with, as he put it, “my more thoughtful and reasonable Democratic and Republican friends on putting forward a substantive long-term deficit reduction and immediate jobs package that encourages economic investment in the U.S., strengthens our entitlement programs for the next generation and ends the can kicking that we are all sick of.”

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