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Nebraska Republican Refuses to Defer Pay During Shutdown because “I’ve Got a Nice House” to Pay For

Congressional Republicans continue to prove that they just don’t “get it.” A day can’t seem to go by where another one of these clowns doesn’t make some asinine statement regarding their “need” for their paycheck while ignoring the fact that their government shutdown has left over 800,000 Americans with an uncertain future about their own pay.

This time it’s Nebraska Representative Lee Terry, who came out and said that he would not be deferring any of his salary during the shutdown because, as he said, he has a “nice house” to pay for. When asked about those who have decided to defer their pay during the shutdown, Terry said:

“Whatever gets them good press. That’s all that it’s going to be. God bless them. But you know what? I’ve got a nice house and a kid in college, and I’ll tell you we cannot handle it. Giving our paycheck away when you still worked and earned it? That’s just not going to fly.”

“Earned it” is a very loose term for any Republican member of Congress these days. And while he no doubt has a “nice house” and a kid in college, so do many of the 800,000 furloughed workers who might not be able to pay their bills this month thanks to the antics of House Republicans.

And that’s just those who are directly impacted by the government shutdown. The shutdown has also had a negative ripple effect on businesses that rely on tourism, such as those linked to our national parks—which are now closed. How many of their families are now suffering thanks to this shutdown?

I wonder if Terry would continue to support this shutdown if the paycheck he needs to pay for his “nice house” was taken away until it was over? I have a feeling his attitude would be just a little bit different.

But I’m sure he’s like many other Republicans who blame the shutdown on President Obama and Democrats. Which, of course, is ridiculous.

Let me reiterate something I’ve said several times: When John Boehner allows the Senate Resolution (the clean version they sent to the House) to be voted on in the House (he’s blocking it from being voted on) and it’s rejected (it wouldn’t be) then maybe you can say Democrats are partially to blame for the shutdown.

But that’s not the case. We have a bill sitting in the House that, if it was allowed to go to a vote, would pass and reopen the government. There’s no need for Democrats to negotiate when they’ve already agreed to sequester levels of funding — we just need Boehner to allow the Senate’s resolution to be voted on.

However, the comments we’ve seem from some of these Republicans like Rep. Terry simply prove how out of touch these people are with the average American. He emphatically opposes the idea of deferring his salary, claiming that he needs it to pay for his “nice house,” yet he has no problem allowing hundreds of thousands of Americans to suffer while Republicans play partisan games with our government.

But I would encourage all those reading this to head on over to Representative Lee Terry’s Facebook Page and let him know exactly what you think of his despicable comments. Tell him and his party to force John Boehner to allow the Senate’s resolution to be voted on in the House and reopen the government. And tell him how happy you are that he still has a paycheck for his “nice house,” while thousands of others suffer thanks to his party’s pathetic partisanship.

by Anonymousreply 1210/06/2013

So those National Park Rangers protecting our national parks and monuments have not "earned" their paychecks enough.

by Anonymousreply 110/06/2013

I understand the point. Congress is still working or perhaps I should say in session*. The government employees are not working. It is not as if the government employees were told to show up and work without pay. Unfortunately we cannot furlough Congress.

by Anonymousreply 210/06/2013

These folks have been furloughed for all of 5 days, the average of a week's vacation. What is the big frigging deal?

by Anonymousreply 310/06/2013

Why can't Obama freeze all their pay?

by Anonymousreply 410/06/2013

Just that the shutdown is friggin' with our entire national economy and recover, dimwit.

by Anonymousreply 510/06/2013

R3 the 'big friggin deal' is that not all government workers make big big $$$ and are living paycheck to paycheck, as are many other Americans. Lost pay could mean missing a mortgage payment.

by Anonymousreply 610/06/2013

A furlough is not the same thing as a vacation, you fucking moron.

by Anonymousreply 710/06/2013

[quote] The government employees are not working. It is not as if the government employees were told to show up and work without pay.

But they do (or DID) have to show up and check in, wasting money on transportation to and from their workplace.

by Anonymousreply 810/06/2013

R8 is right. We had to waste time and gas just to be formally sent home.

by Anonymousreply 910/06/2013

quit trying to reach a compromise with these stupid fucks.

Obama should order the treasury to print a trillion dollar coin [entirely legal] and then deposit it in the treasury [entirely legal]

Bullshit ended. Done.

Rumor is he won't do it because he is worried the idiot twat republicans will feel "excluded from the process" which is EXACTLY what they are doing to him.

Grow a set O. Do it.

by Anonymousreply 1010/06/2013

I am a fed worker (SSA). I was deemed "essential". I still have to show up for work (with the possibility of not being paid). We are still spending $ on transportation/fuel to get to work. All the "non-essential" people who were furloughed are at home, but the "essentials" are still forced to go to work. It's kinda like being held hostage at your workplace. If we have to leave for doctor's appointment's, etc, we are considered AWOL. During a furlough you do not acrue leave or can you use any leave you already have. Where I work all the upper executives were considered "nonessential", but all of the actual workers were told we were "essential". It's a total clusterfuck.

by Anonymousreply 1110/06/2013

Someone should shoot him dead and then his family can use the insurance to pay off the nice house and college education. Win-win.

by Anonymousreply 1210/06/2013
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