Local Congressional Reps ‘Feel the Urgency,’ Refuse Pay During Government Shutdown

Mary Gay Scanlon

Chrissy Houlahan of Chester County and Mary Gay Scanlon of Delaware County are among the congressional representatives refusing pay during the partial government shutdown, writes Dave Davies for the Philadelphia Business Journal.

The two Democrats have joined two other representatives from the Philadelphia area in refusing pay: Democrat Dwight Evans of Philadelphia and Republican Brian Fitzpatrick of Bucks County.

Speaking to WHYY, Houlahan said that members of Congress have to feel the urgency felt by the 800,000 workers who are furloughed or still working but not receiving any pay in return.

“I felt it was important that I share that experience and that anxiety while we work to get the government open,” said Houlahan.

Evans was similarly moved by the plight of a woman he met on an Amtrak train who works for air traffic control for the FAA. She told the congressman that she has two children to feed and asked members of Congress and the Trump Administration to “come together and not use us as pawns.”

Read more about the government shutdown in the Philadelphia Business Journal here.

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