STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Rep. Max Rose announced that Camelot Counseling of Staten Island and the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Foundation will receive equal shares of his first congressional paycheck.
Rose (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn) announced prior to being sworn in that he would donate his salary to a local charity that benefits those struggling with opioid addiction.
“If we’re not doing our jobs, we shouldn’t get paid – not only is it common sense, it’s the right thing to do,” Rose said.
“From Coast Guard families struggling to pay bills and buy groceries during the shutdown who are still recovering from that setback, to those working to beat the disease of addiction, there’s so much need in our community,” Rose said. “I’m honored to help support these organizations who are making a real impact on people’s lives.”
He did not announce the dollar amount of the donation, however, a spokesperson for Rose called the donations “sizable.”
The spokesperson said the donation is nearly the entire month’s salary.
According to public records, Rose receives an annual salary of $174,000, which includes the cost-of-living pay adjustment and totals $14,500 per month before any deductions.
The pay period for Rose’s first paycheck was Jan. 3, the date he was sworn-in, until Jan. 25. Representatives are paid once per month on the last day of the month, the spokesperson told the Advance.
ROSE CO-SPONSORS LEGISLATION TO WITHHOLD PAY DURING A SHUTDOWN
Rose co-sponsored a bipartisan bill that would put the pay of federal lawmakers in escrow during a government shutdown.
The Solidarity in Salary Act of 2019 was introduced this week along with Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas).
“Only in a town as broken as Washington do you still get paid when you don’t do your job,” Rose said.
“Members of Congress need to have skin in the game – and I’m going to keep fighting to make sure we don’t fail the American people with yet another shutdown in just a few weeks,” he said regarding the short-term deal to reopen the government through Feb. 15.
If a deal is not reached by Feb. 15, the government will shut down again, President Donald Trump said.
Rose called the shutdown “an insult to Americans” and said the president’s behavior was an embarrassment.
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