January 14, 2019

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Defers Paycheck During Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced that he would be standing in solidarity with the more than 800,000 federal government employees, including 13,000 in Florida, who have been furloughed or forced to work without pay by refusing his salary during the government shutdown.

“I have instructed the House payroll office to treat me like any other federal employee who is not being paid right now,” Rep. Lawson said. “As a young boy growing up in a household with very little, I understand what it is like to struggle and live paycheck-to-paycheck. It was never easy. I empathize with what our federal workers are currently experiencing because of this unnecessary shutdown that has lasted 24 days."

He continued, “The president is only thinking of himself and not the welfare of the American people. He needs to stop throwing this temper tantrum and re-open the government immediately.”