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Kim won’t get paid until shutdown ends

Freshman congressman joins Sherrill in rejecting salary until federal government reopens

By David Wildstein, January 10 2019 2:55 pm

Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) will not accept his congressional salary until the federal government shutdown ends.

“As the federal government shutdown continues to unnecessarily drag on, thousands of the approximately 20,000 federal employees living in New Jersey are now either working without pay or furloughed,” Kim said in a letter to the House chief administrative officer.  “I’ve personally met with some furloughed federal employees who are struggling to make ends meet.”

Kim said that he has faced the same challenges when he was working in the Obama White House and the government shutdown for thirteen days in 2013.  

Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) had made a similar request on January 2.

Kim was sworn in as a freshman congressman last week after defeating two-term Rep. Tom MacArthur in the November 2018 midterm elections.

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