U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson will donate his pay while the federal government is shut down to the Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh, a spokesman said Saturday.
An effort to approve a short-term spending bill failed in the Senate on Friday, leading the federal government to stop all non-essential functions starting Saturday.
The Senate could not even reach the 60 votes needed to hold a vote on the legislation, which would have funded the government for 30 days. Four Republicans joined Democrats in blocking the vote, while five Democrats joined Republicans in pushing for it.
Democrats are seeking a deal that includes protection for young adults who were brought to the United States illegally as children, but President Donald Trump has said he will not negotiate on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program during the shutdown.
As is often the case in a political impasse, each side has placed blame on the other for bringing government functions to a halt.
"For as long as Senator Baldwin and her Democrat colleagues continue to force a shutdown of the federal government, Senator Johnson will be donating is salary to the Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh," said Johnson spokesman Ben Voelkel. "This is a worthy organization that serves some of the very children facing uncertainty due to Sen. Baldwin's vote to shut down the government."
Baldwin's office sent a link to a tweet in response to a request for comment.
"I support the No Government No Pay Act, which would prohibit members of Congress from getting paid during a government shutdown," Baldwin tweeted. "Majority Leader McConnell should bring it up for a vote, not object to one, so all Senators have an opportunity to vote for it."
In a statement Friday night, Baldwin said the four-week spending bill "simply kicks the can down the road."
"There is bipartisan support in the Senate for legislation that strengthens border security and does right by Dreamers who have only known America as their home," Baldwin said. "We should be working in a bipartisan way to get the job done on immigration reform but this fails to deliver solutions."
The last government shutdown, in 2013, lasted for 16 days and was prompted by disagreements over Obamacare. During that time, Johnson donated his salary to the U.S. Treasury. Baldwin chose to forego her salary during the 2013 shutdown and accepted her pay when government reopened.