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Tsongas Says She Will Not Take Paycheck During Government Shutdown

In a statement on Tuesday morning, Chelmsford's member of Congress reiterated her frustration at Republican actions and noted she will remain available to aid constituents despite the federal government shut down.

The federal government has been shut down, and Chelmsford’s member of Congress has pledged not to take a paycheck until the crisis has been resolved.

In a statement from Tuesday morning, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell) stated she will not accept a paycheck for the duration of the government shutdown.

Tsongas also noted that her offices in Washington and throughout the Massachusetts Fifth Congressional District will remain open for constituents in need of information or assistance.

“In the coming days I will continue to work closely with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to re-open the government and keep us moving forward to a long-term solution,” she said.

Tsongas also reiterated her frustration against Washington Republicans for their role in the shutdown.

“This government shutdown was entirely preventable, which makes the actions that brought us to this point utterly irresponsible,” said Tsongas.  “Millions will lose pay, from federal workers to private contractors.  At military installations here in Massachusetts, thousands of civilian employees, who already have weathered furloughs over the course of the summer will unforgivably be asked to put their work on hold and go without pay once again.”

Tyler Jozefowicz October 02, 2013 at 10:21 AM
Hate to tell you this , but military personnel and the federal elected officials are deemed "essential workers". I'd like to know if Boehner who cause this whole thing ,and the 80 tea party Representatives are giving up their checks. Cruz isn't. The 800,000 furloughed federal employees, and 200 ,000 government consultants and subcontractors want to know too.
Iron Mike October 02, 2013 at 10:52 AM
I guess Tyler has Obama's talking points. First it was “Bush's fault”, - now it's “80 tea party Republicans”. Those 80 heroic legislators probably would never have been elected, - if Obama hadn't proven himself a wealth-redistributing socialist. Yes Tyler, Republicans have given up on Obama being a Democrat. We see him for what he IS – an anti-white, anti-capitalist, anti-American 21st Century New World Socialist. We DO want to stop him. We DO want him to FAIL. I want to see him impeached, and tried for treason. And BTW Tyler, Ted Cruz...is donating HIS check to charity.
Dick West October 02, 2013 at 11:06 AM
STOP IT, there is NO Federal employee losing anything. They ALL wil be paid retoactively once Obama comes to his senses and compromises.
Tara Dactyl October 02, 2013 at 12:25 PM
This just in. The National Park Service says the White House ordered the closure of the World War Two Memorial in Washington.
Anna Bucciarelli October 02, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Old news Tara ...learned of it yesterday. Also closed, some military base commissaries and exchange stores.
Anna Bucciarelli October 02, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Dick, don't be so sure about retro paybacks. Nothing is certain these days, especially when it comes to $. Is there any to go around anymore?
Anna Bucciarelli October 02, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Isn't it wonderful to have enough financial stability that you are able to not take a salary for a while? I can't help but wonder what good it does to the poor folks who are let go because of this debacle, those who are furloughed. Seems to me to be an empty gesture if the salary sits waiting for later pickup when it's all over. What is it I learned in K-garten? "Empty barrels make the most noise" ... yeah, I think that's the one.
Anna Bucciarelli October 02, 2013 at 01:34 PM
The topic of this thread is that Tsongas says she will not take a paycheck for the duration of the shutdown, not about who does or doesn't bare responsibility ... every one of those big birds in DC can take some credit for the mess, up to and including the man himself, our illustrious President. Stupid me, all these years I thought only old men and husbands were stubborn. Am still learning.
Tyler Jozefowicz October 02, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Yes, the topic is: US Rep. Niki Tsongas will not take a paycheck. The haters here would blame if she took a check and will blame her even if she does not take a check. To the one that sarcastically stated "isn't it nice to be rich". She's widowed and isn't rich. That would be Ted Cruz and his Wall Street wife, with their cadillac health plan. Nothing new with the usual suspects here. Cruz should refuse the check and have it go towards the Debt, instead of donating it to some right wing group, and wasting everyone's time speaking nonsense for 21 hours on the senate floor, hoping the government would shut down. Initially he was dumbfounded when ask about his pay , so he came up with this a day later. No, the congressional checks are not retroactive , they get paid because they are essential workers. You know the one's that will stay there and vote to clean up Boehner's mess. Boehner is in conference now saying: " "What do I do now; they won't talk to me , or give me a face saving life raft, and the tea people won't help." If anyone here ever thought that the President would negotiate to repeal a law in effect for 2 years when Congress needs to do its job, they were, are , and will be totally nuts. Laws get repealed , enacted and modified in CONGRESS in case anyone here is interested in other than dreamland.
Rob C October 02, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Tyler, I have to laugh at your last statement. Nikki Tsongas is not rich? Just out of curiosity, what do you consider to be not rich? Cruz and his Cadillac health plan? FYI Tsongas has the exact same health plan as Cruz. On the topic of congressional pay, I wish that we could get a national question on the ballot like we do in MA and have all congressional members salaries set at the national average income, no pensions, SS at retirement age. That would bring them down to 53K instead of 174K. If they really are representing the people, let them get paid the same as the people they represent. That would also have an added bonus side effect of more turnover in DC because the will want to move on and get more money elsewhere. And a little FYI for you Tyler, Senator Cruz net worth is approx. $1,600,000, you poor not rich Nikki Tsongas net worth is approx. $4,600,000
Iron Mike October 02, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Whoa! Rob, I could hear THAT one land! Kind'a wish you hadn't done it – hit him with all those FACTS! He'll be posting rants for the next 2 days...
Tyler Jozefowicz October 02, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Robbie C: Ted Cruz is on his wife's healthcare coverage , a Cadillac Plan with a 40,000 a year annual premium, mostly paid for by Goldman Sachs, not a federal plan. His wife's plan. His 2011 income was 1.5 million and his assets total about 4.4 million, not to mention his wife's holdings , estimated in the millions. His wife makes multi-millions as a V.P for Goldman Sachs. I would say he is rich. All of a sudden being rich isn't something to aspire to, and condemned , but only when it applies to Democrats?
Anna Bucciarelli October 02, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Tyler, please don't distort my words. I never used the word "rich", I said 'financial stability", read again. I hold no animus for anyone who has the where-with-all to let a salary go for a while, good for them, I simply don't like soap-box dialogue. In the true spirit of Maimonides' golden ladder of charity, gifting and/or doing a good deed doesn't need to be broadcast, rather it is more charitable to quietly bestow goodness and not seek praise.
Tara Dactyl October 02, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Iron Mike, A news clip that resonates with many. Barack Obama sent seven federal officers to bar WWII veterans from their memorial in Washington, an open air monument requiring no support. This is two more than he had in Benghazi.
Rob C October 02, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Tyler, Please cite your claim that she makes multi millions. According to disclosure documents, his net worth is “only” 1.6 while Tsongas is 4.6 Since we are talking about members of Congress here, that is what really matters. Not sure where you arrived at the conclusion that I am against the wealthy. I wish everybody all the success that they can get. I hope everybody makes a lot of money, on their own. This is America, anybody with the ambition can go out and make something of themselves. As for health plans, I am sure that the coverage on his “Cadillac” plan is just about equal to that of what a member of Congress can get. Since they have the full resources of the government they can get access to if needed their plan is probable better. Bottom line is, his plan at least doesn’t cost me anything.
Tara Dactyl October 02, 2013 at 07:33 PM
"This is America, anybody with the ambition can go out and make something of themselves." After five plus years under Obama, why bother? Someone else will pull the wagon.
Aron Levy October 02, 2013 at 07:58 PM
TD, just out of curiosity how many people do you know who have even been on SNAP or some other form of assistance? This isn't a snarky question, nor a 'gotcha.' I am genuinely curious.
Tyler Jozefowicz October 02, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Rob C: they are BOTH rich. I agree with your assessment that anybody can make it in America. This sidebar was instituted by a snarky and snippy frequent contributor here that likes to throw cheap shots out at Democrats on a regular basis, and in this case derided Tsongas on her good faith effort to forgo a paycheck, by commenting: paraphrasing, it's nice because she is rich. Representative Tsongas derives her worth mainly from her husband. She was a widow , and a Trustee of Middlesex Community College when she was elected. I quite frankly do not care what any of them make; more concerned with their stance on the issues. I did not arrive at any conclusion that you are against wealth- see that anywhere?
Iron Mike October 02, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Hi Tara! I'm SURE that pResident Omnipotent was only trying to protect the Veterans from being attacked in the open by squadrons of DC Democratic pigeons... If he could, he'd close government sidewalks – just to show he can make peoples lives difficult. His seething hatred of our country knows no bounds. Tsongas serves on BOTH the Armed Services Committee and the Natural Resources Committee, “...which formulates federal policy related to domestic energy production, National Parks...”. Her website and her stump speeches ALWAYS brag about her daddy who 'survived' Pearl Harbor [to Dems – veterans are always victims]. If she had ANY honor at all – she'd be demanding that that WWII Memorial remain OPEN. Tsongas? Honor? NEVER HAPPEN!!
Tara Dactyl October 02, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Aron, I've known several, but as you know that is not the point. It is one thing to have fallen on hard times and need a helping hand, and another to encouraged by the President to be entitled, and discouraged about getting a job.
Aron Levy October 02, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Wait a moment: now it is worthy of derision if one considers himself a 'survivor' of a military action? How would you classify your living status after your tour overseas, Mike? That is easily the single silliest thing I've ever seen you write. Your intense 'loathing' (your word) for anyone left of Ted Cruz has seemed to horribly warp your mind.
Anna Bucciarelli October 03, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Cool it guys ... you take every opportunity to recoil at snarky remarks about you, which are few and far between unless you choose to interpret them as such, yet have no problem at all slinging the most unsavory personal remarks about contributors here. Consideration should be given to all who express opinions even tho you are in disagreement...simple discussion is all that's required/expected.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) October 03, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Comments have been deleted due to violations of the terms of service. Please talk about the topic of the article and not each other. Thanks.
Anna Bucciarelli October 03, 2013 at 10:10 AM
Thank you Andy ... I gets pretty ugly at times.
Tara Dactyl October 03, 2013 at 10:25 AM
Thank you Andy, every sophomore dormitory needs a monitor on every floor.
Tyler Jozefowicz October 03, 2013 at 10:32 AM
Thank you, Andy
Anna Bucciarelli October 03, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Nikki speaking this minute before congress ... CSpan44
Tara Dactyl October 03, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Do I have to watch? I knew her late husband and the difference in her politics could not be more dramatic.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) October 03, 2013 at 02:32 PM
No problem, guys! Let me know if it gets out of hand again.
Tara Dactyl October 03, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Andrew, You can tell me... I won't share it with anyone else on the Patch. How do you split your time between Editor and Den Mother? Your choice of lead articles and headlines is balanced, to the distress of the loony left. This is a pleasant surprise for a quasi-mainstream-media-venture launched by Arianna Huffington while she enjoyed better times at AOL. I offer one suggestion and criticism though - the headline should reflect the phonetic pronunciation of the town: CHEAMS-FUD PATCH

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