Until troops get paid, Lou Barletta will forego his salary

Apr 8, 2011
Press Release


WASHINGTON– Until troops get paid in the event of a government shutdown, U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, PA-11, will forego his pay.

Lou sent the following letter to the Chief Administrative Officer on Friday:

I have been informed that if a lapse in appropriations leads to a reduction in government operations, Members of Congress will continue to be paid. I also understand that members of our military will not receive their paychecks during that period, even though they will continue their dedicated service to our nation.

Whether they are serving at a base in the United States, in the waters off Japan, or on the front lines of the battle in Afghanistan, our brave service members in uniform should not have to worry about whether or not they will be able to make their car payment, or if their spouse back home will be able to buy groceries or gasoline.

I do not wish to receive compensation if our troops are serving without pay. Therefore, should a lapse of appropriations occur, please hold all my pay until funds are appropriated for members of the armed services to receive the compensation they so honorably deserve.