WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will donate pay he receives during the government shutdown to an Ohio diaper bank that will support struggling families, while Republican Leadership holds 209,000 Ohio CHIP families hostage to their failed budget process. CHIP is the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which Republican leaders have refused to extend for months despite multiple calls by Brown.
Brown introduced a pair of bills yesterday to ensure that in the event of a government shutdown, members of the military will get paid and members of Congress will not. Until that bill passes to stop Senators from getting paid, Brown has decided to donate his pay.
“It is time for Republican leaders to stop holding CHIP children and families hostage to their failed budget process. These are not bargaining chips – they are kids – more than 209,000 in Ohio and nine million nationwide. And they are depending on us to do our jobs,” said Brown. “Senators should not be paid if they can’t do their jobs. While I continue to work with Republicans and Democrats to reopen our government, I will donate my take-home pay to an Ohio charity that works every day to help struggling families.”
Brown is continuing to call for a bipartisan compromise to reopen the government and provide certainty for Ohio families, businesses and military installations.