Himes donates shutdown pay to community organizations

Congressman Jim Himes, who represents most of Shelton, will donate the pay he earned during the government shutdown in October to local community and youth development organizations in Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stamford.

Himes said he will donate the $5,287 he earned during the government shutdown to Action for Bridgeport Community Development (ABCD), the Carver Foundation in Norwalk, and the Stamford Boys & Girls Club. Each organization will receive $1,762.

“Congress isn’t working because the House majority continues to hold even the most basic functions of civilized government hostage to their partisan demands,” Himes, a third-term Democrat, claimed in a reference to the Republicans who control the U.S. House of Representatives.

‘Unnecessary shutdown’

“I felt it was important to give my pay earned during the unnecessary government shutdown the majority caused to organizations that support the folks who were most vulnerable to the lost services and support during this time,” Himes said.

“While we cannot undo the damage done by the shutdown, I hope this money will help these organizations continue the vital services they provide,” he said.

Based in Bridgeport, ABCD provides after-school and summer programs for youths as well as energy assistance and other financial services for families in need.

Shelton is in two congressional districts

The city of Shelton is divided between two congressional districts.

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes lives in Greenwich and was first elected to Congress in 2008. He represents the Fourth District, which includes most of Fairfield County.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro lives in New Haven and was first elected to Congress in 1990. Also a Democrat, she represents the Third District, which is centered in New Haven County.