Loebsack to Donate Portion of Salary to Charity Print
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Written by Vonnie Hampel   
Monday, 15 April 2013 08:03

Davenport, IA – At an event today, standing with workers from the Rock Island Arsenal, Congressman Dave Loebsack announced that he is donating a day’s worth of his salary for every day that the Arsenal workforce is furloughed.  He will make donations to local charities that support Iowa families hit hard by these tough economic times.

“It is unacceptable that, through sequestration, Congress has asked everyone else but themselves to make a sacrifice.  Today, I am announcing that I will be donating a day’s worth of my salary for every day that the Rock Island Arsenal workforce is furloughed,” said Loebsack announcing his donation. “I am going to stand with those workers at the Rock Island Arsenal; the children who are losing Head Start education; the University employees who are performing important research projects, who, through no fault of their own, are being asked to shoulder part of the burden. It makes no sense to me that the only people that are not feeling any pain from sequester are members of Congress themselves.”

Loebsack has long believed that Members of Congress need to have a personal stake in our nation’s recovery. Earlier this year, he introduced legislation that would cut the pay of members of Congress by 10 percent.   This cut would be the first Congress has seen since 1933 – eight decades ago.   Loebsack called on Congress to immediately bring up and pass the bill.

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