Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement on the federal government shutdown. On Friday, Donnelly spoke on the Senate floor urging Republicans and Democrats to work together to reach an agreement and he later voted to keep the government running.
Donnelly said, “The most basic duty of Congress is to fund the federal government, and I voted to keep the government running. I am incredibly disappointed Congress failed to prevent a shutdown. Like in 2013, I’m going to work with my colleagues in a bipartisan manner to reopen the government, and I will donate my take-home pay during the shutdown to charity in Indiana.”
In 2013, Donnelly donated his take-home pay for the 16 days of the federal government shutdown, worth $5,000, to 10 food banks across Indiana.