The Twenty Seventh Amendment forbids Senators from changing or freezing their salary but they can donate it and that is what Portman has chosen to do.
Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced Monday that he will donate his salary for the next two months to five charities to help alleviate the array of negative effects stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement, the two-term senator revealed that each of the five charities serves the Ohio region, and would share in the senator’s approximately $29,000 commitment.
“Many Ohioans are hurting right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, struggling to pay their bills and make ends meet. Many individuals are seeing their paychecks disappear and small business owners throughout the state are making sacrifices as they struggle to keep their doors open,” said Portman.
The five charities service regions across the state and address different problems, such as financial instability, food insecurity and potential medical shortages, including personal protective equipment for medical workers and other in-demand resources.