U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, on Thursday named three charities that will share the $7,629 that the lawmaker would otherwise have earned during the 16-day government shutdown.
United Way of Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff, the Eleanor Klugh Jackson House for Crisis Intervention in Hot Springs and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation will receive $2,543 each.
"I am particularly honored to support these three charities for the positive impact they have on the lives of so many. Their selfless dedication and hard work is an inspiration to us all," Cotton said in a statement.
He had pledged that during the shutdown he would forgo his salary by donating it to charity. Members of Congress earn $174,000 annually.
The shutdown, which began Oct. 1, ended Thursday after President Barack Obama signed legislation, approved by Congress late Wednesday night, to temporarily fund the federal government through Jan. 15.
Congress failed to approve spending for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, triggering the shutdown. House Republicans had initially insisted on defunding or delaying the Affordable Care Act as part of the deal — something that Obama and Senate Democrats refused to accept.