WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDTV) -- Senator Joe Manchin announced Tuesday that he'll donate his salary during the government shutdown to food banks across the state.
“If Congress cannot do our job, we should not get paid. As a result of this reckless shutdown, 340,000 West Virginians who depend on food stamps will go without that critical assistance. Children will go hungry, pregnant mothers will not get the nutrients they need and our elderly neighbors will not have dinner on the table. This is unacceptable. In West Virginia, we look out for one another and I know food banks across the state will be doing their best to fill this void. I applaud them for always stepping up to serve their communities,” Senator Manchin stated.
As of Tuesday, the country is in day 18 of the shutdown. President Trump will address the nation tonight at 9 p.m. on most major television networks (including CBS) to plead his case for the border wall.