U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter announced Thursday he won't accept a paycheck during the partial federal government shutdown.
In the announcement, Carter blamed Democrats for the deadlock over funding for a wall at the U.S. border with Mexico.
Here's the press release, which ends by saying federal employees who need help can call his Savannah Office:
Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) has directed the Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. House of Representatives to withhold his pay, including the month of January, during the partial government shutdown.
"If the hardworking federal employees in the First District of Georgia aren't receiving a paycheck, I won't either," said Carter. "This shutdown is simply unacceptable and it should have never happened in the first place. The number one responsibility of the federal government is to provide for the common defense. By failing to secure the border, Congress is failing at our most important job. I was proud to support legislation to fund the government, the border wall and border security, but it was blocked by Democrats in the Senate. Unfortunately, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle refuse to negotiate in the slightest and continue to maintain their 'not one cent' attitude towards border security. I will continue to call on my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to come forward with a realistic compromise plan to secure our border and end this shutdown. In the meantime, if any federal workers need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We are here to help in any way we can."
Federal employees needing assistance during the partial government shutdown should call Carter's office in Savannah at 912-352-0101.