Rep. John Delaney (D-Dist. 6) is donating a cut of his congressional salary earned during the government shutdown to a clinic in Gaithersburg.
The congressman, who was reported by The Gazette last July to be worth at least $51 million, will give a portion of his $174,000 annual congressional salary to Mercy Health Clinic, according to spokesman Will McDonald.
“He [Delaney] felt it was the right thing to do, just given the overall dysfunction of Congress right now and the fact that the government is shut down,” McDonald said. “John and his wife were looking for a good, charitable group in the district that really helps people who are less fortunate.”
Mercy Health Clinic, located at 7 Metropolitan Court, Suite 1, is “ecstatic” to receive the contribution, said Executive Director John P. Kleiderer. The clinic is a nonprofit community health clinic that serves uninsured, low-income residents of Montgomery County.
“This is an example of a public servant who is giving back to the community and giving directly to those going through a difficult time,” he said.
Kleiderer said the money will go toward the clinic’s ongoing health services and education programs.
“His contribution is directly going to impact the lives of hundreds of families,” he said.
Even though the donation date and amount are still unknown, McDonald said the money will be given to the clinic “promptly” following the end of the government shutdown.