U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, says he doesn't want to be paid during the government shutdown.

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) says he doesn't want to be paid during the government shutdown.

In a release sent to news media, the Republican says he has asked that the House of Representatives' Chief Administrative Officer withhold his pay until "an appropriations agreement has taken place."

The statement by Collins also laid the blame for the shutdown at the feet of Democrats, especially fellow New Yorker Charles Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader:

"In light of the reckless actions by Senate Democrats last night that shut down the government, I have requested my pay be withheld until we come to a solution. Last night, Senator Schumer decided to play political games instead of providing millions of children with health care and paying our troops. I am disgusted with the Schumer Shutdown and will not accept any paycheck until the brave men and women of our military can get theirs."

The shutdown began at midnight on Saturday after late negotiations on Friday failed to produce an agreement between the parties.