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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 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 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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