E-mail sent from Congresswoman Susan Brooks sent Saturday afternoon, Jan. 20, 2018

At midnight on January 20, 2018, funding for the federal government expired. We are currently operating under what is called “a lapse in appropriations” – that is, a shutdown.

I never wanted us to get to this point. It was irresponsible of Senate Democrats to shut down the government last night. We have tried to compromise and I continue to stand ready to negotiate a solution that will re-open the federal government.

This morning, I submitted a letter requesting that my pay be withheld for the duration of the shutdown. I also signed on as a cosponsor to H.R. 4852, the Pay Our Protectors, Not Our Politicians Act of 2018, introduced by Rep. Martha McSally, that ensures our military men and women and homeland security staff who are working around the clock to keep us safe will be paid on time regardless of how long a shutdown lasts. Ensuring our Armed Forces, Coast Guard, active duty reservists, homeland security staff and American heroes in the military who work tirelessly to protect our homeland have the resources to continue to safely and efficiently protect the United States at home and abroad is more important than partisan politics.

During a shutdown, government programs that involve “the safety of human life or the protection of property” continue to operate. This means air traffic controllers, prison guards, and border patrol agents will remain on the job. A handful of other offices and agencies remain open because they receive funding through user fees. The U.S. Postal Service will continue to deliver mail, and Medicare services for current beneficiaries will continue without interruption. Social Security and Supplemental Security Income payments to beneficiaries will continue with no change in payment dates.

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter. If you have any questions about how the government shutdown may affect you, please contact my office at 202-225-2276.