Smith donates shutdown pay to Parkland Hope Center

Smith donates shutdown pay to Parkland Hope Center
Smith donated the money to Parkland Hope Center (Source: Rep. Jason Smith).

PARK HILLS, MO (KFVS) - A lawmaker has donated his pay from the 35-day government shutdown to a southeast Missouri non-profit.

Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) donated the money to Parkland Hope Center which helps families with groceries and household items at discounted prices.

“I gave up pay during the 35-day government shutdown for one simple reason, If your government isn’t open for business, then your elected officials shouldn’t get paid,” said Smith. “I’m happy that something bad that happened in Washington, the shutdown, can turn out to be something good for working families here in Missouri.”

“Thanks to the Congressman, the next 100 people who sign up for new memberships will have them paid for,” said Dan Robbins, manager of Parkland Hope Center. “We can’t thank Congressman Smith enough.”

Nearly 3,000 families have signed up for memberships since the Hope Center opened its doors in December 2018.

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