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Congressman Ron Barber

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona


Oct 15, 2013
Press Release
Congressman stands with thousands of Southern Arizonans who have been harmed by reckless shutdown

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Ron Barber, who took to the House floor today to demand an immediate end to the reckless government shutdown, will donate his congressional pay today to three new Southern Arizona charities.

In a speech to his colleagues today, Barber called for a bipartisan end to the two-week-old shutdown. Barber has been working with Republicans and Democrats to find ways of ending the shutdown, which has hurt thousands of people in Southern Arizona.

“It’s time to come together. This reckless government shutdown must end,” Barber said today. “Southern Arizonans and Americans across our country are hurting and our economy has been seriously harmed. … We must end this blame game. We must put the American people first. Let us come together and act responsibly now.”

Barber has pledged to donate his pay for as long as Southern Arizonans are feeling the effects of the shutdown. Today, Barber will donate his pay to:

  • Ronald McDonald House in Tucson, which provides comfort and support to overwhelmed families of children coping with the emotional and financial exhaustion that comes from caring for a sick child.
  • Handi-Dogs Inc., which promotes independence, freedom, health and dignity for seniors and people with disabilities through the use of trained dogs.
  • The House of Hope Domestic Crisis Shelter, a Douglas program that provides shelter, food, clothing, case management, advocacy, children’s programs and transportation to appointments for women who are victims of domestic violence and their children.

Here is a day-by-day rundown of the congressman’s previous donations:

  • Oct. 1: The Primavera Foundation, United Community Health Center of Green Valley and Good Neighbor Alliance of Sierra Vista.
  • Oct. 2: Honor Flight Southern Arizona, the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery Foundation in Sierra Vista and Greater Vail Community Services.
  • Oct. 3: The Southern Arizona chapter of the American Red Cross, Casa Community Services of Green Valley and the Douglas Food Bank.
  • Oct. 4: United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, Valley Assistance Services of Green Valley and the Sunsites Bread Basket of Cochise County.
  • Oct. 5: Assistance League of Tucson, the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund and Army Emergency Relief.
  • Oct. 6: The Salvation Army-Tucson, the 100 Club of Arizona and Wellness Connections of Sierra Vista.
  • Oct. 7: Nourish of Southern Arizona, Friends in Deed of Green Valley and Boots for Our Troops of Cochise County.
  • Oct. 8: Pima Council on Aging Meals on Wheels program, Vail School District Community Services and the Cochise Community Foundation.
  • Oct. 9: Child and Family Resources, the National Guard Relief Empowerment Systems and Empty Bowls of Sierra Vista.
  • Oct. 10: Interfaith Community Services, White Elephant of Green Valley and the Cochise Area Network of Therapeutic Equestrian Resources.
  • Oct. 11: NAMI Southern Arizona and NAMI Southeastern Arizona.
  • Oct. 12: Emerge! Center Against Domestic Violence, Our Family Services and Douglas ARC.
  • Oct. 13: Casa de la Luz Hospice, the Green Valley-Sahuraita Community Food Bank and PPEP Douglas.
  • Oct. 14: Youth on their Own, the Arizona Small Business Development Centers and Renaissance House in Bisbee.

There are nearly 13,000 federal workers in the Tucson area, representing about 3.5 percent of the overall workforce. According to the Washington Post, the Tucson area ranks 15th in the nation for the highest percentage of federal workers in its workforce.

But it is not only federal workers who are impacted by the shutdown.

According to The Arizona Republic, last week 250 state employees with the Department of Economic Security were furloughed as the state juggled cash in an agency heavily reliant on federal funds.

Nine workers within Arizona’s Department of Administration were placed on furlough because federal funds for their jobs ran out. In the coming weeks, eight more also could be sent home.


Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013

Mark Kimble
Communications Director
U.S. Rep. Ron Barber
Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District
(520) 881-3588 or (520) 904-5876