GOP Senator Donates 2 Months Salary To Assist Coronavirus Relief
Republican senator revealed puts his money were his mouth is
While the Democrats push to send taxpayers' coronavirus relief funds to illegal aliens, Republican Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced he would donate his next two months' salary to help alleviate the array of harmful effects of the pandemic.
The two-term senator revealed in a statement that he would donate his salary to five charities serving the Ohio region, and would share in the senator’s approximately $29,000 commitment.
“Many Ohioans are hurting right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, struggling to pay their bills and make ends meet."
"Many individuals are seeing their paychecks disappear, and small business owners throughout the state are making sacrifices as they struggle to keep their doors open,” Portman added.
The chosen charities address different problems like food insecurity, financial instability, and potential medical shortages.
“These organizations are representative of so many great nonprofits and volunteers that are responding to the urgent needs of individuals, families, and small businesses across Ohio during this coronavirus crisis,” said the senator.
The Twenty-Seventh Amendment forbids lawmakers from changing their salary, including lowering or freezing it, according to the Washington Examiner.
But lawmakers are free to donate their salaries.
Portman is the first member of congress to do so during the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier this month, President Donald Trump donated his entire quarterly salary - $100,000 - to help combat the deadly coronavirus by directing funds to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Portman also donated blood over the weekend with the hopes of encouraging others to do the same, reports the Englewood Independent.
“I’ve been hearing about the need for more donors because the mobile units that would normally go to a school, normally go to a church, high schools, college campuses, aren’t able to do that now,” Portman told the news agency while at the blood bank.
“We need more blood in the blood supply. My hope is that by me coming down and giving blood, others will see that and feel comfortable in doing it as well.”
But blood donations have been declining since the coronavirus pandemic took hold.
“Absolutely it’s safe to donate,” Justin Kreuter, a pathologist at the Mayo Clinic, told the news agency in an interview.
“Also, for patients, they don’t have to be concerned, because coronavirus is not spread through blood transmission.”