Senator Elizabeth Warren says she’ll donate her federal government salary to a refugee-assistance agency during the partial shutdown.
“Over 7,000 people in Massachusetts have been sent home or are working without pay,” she wrote in a New Year’s Day tweet announcing the donation to HIAS, a nonprofit founded in the 1800s to help Jewish families fleeing Russia and Eastern Europe. The group now assists refugee families who resettle in the United States.
United States senators earn an annual salary of $174,000. On Wednesday, HIAS posted a tweet thanking Warren for the donations.
The government shutdown is stretching into its second week after Congress and President Trump failed to come to a spending agreement as 2018 drew to a close. Trump is demanding any legislation include funding for his border wall, a measure that passed in the final days of the Republican-controlled House but which does not have enough support in the Senate.
On Wednesday, the Smithsonian and the National Zoo closed after managing to remain open for several days past the Dec. 22 funding expiration deadline.
As of Dec. 22, about 16,000 Park Service employees — approximately 80 percent of its workforce — were furloughed, as was almost the entire staff of NASA and about 52,000 IRS employees. Nationwide, about 420,000 federal employees were told to work without pay and another 380,000 told to stay home unpaid.
Jeremy C. Fox and Lucas Phillips contributed. Christina Prignano can be reached at email@example.com.