Douglas food bank gets Barber's pay
SIERRA VISTA — As Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Barber continues to try and have his voice heard in the House of Representatives, he continues to write checks to charities in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District.
Thursday Barber donated to a charity in Douglas, one in Green Valley and another to a group which serves Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Pima and Santa Cruz counties.
A donation of slightly more than $158 was given to the Douglas Food Bank, making it the third charity in Cochise County to be designated.
Previously Barber donated money from his congressional salary to the Good Neighbor Alliance and the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery Foundation, both in Sierra Vista.
The congressman has pledged to name three charities in his district each day to receive the money as long as the federal government is shutdown.
In the past three days of the shutdown, he has also donated to two charities in Green Valley, two in Tucson, one in Vail and one to the multiple county group.
While he and others attempt to create a larger bipartisan group in the House to overcome an impasse between the lower chamber and the Senate — the House has a majority GOP caucus and the Senate is controlled by the Democrats — Barber is being stymied by the House leadership when he attempts to bring up the subject of a need for a clean Continuing Resolution to end the shutdown.
For the third day on Thursday the congressman was ruled out of order, when he began to speak about the military the House leadership ruled he was out of order and turned off his microphone.
He and other bipartisan House members — eight Democrats and 11 Republicans — are frustrated, he said.
On Thursday Barber said, “I am standing with colleagues from both sides of the aisle to tell the people we represent that there is a way out this mess. There is a way to end the government shutdown. This bipartisan group is proof that we can work together to solve the problems facing our nation.”
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