Rep. Renee Elmers Declines Her Paycheck After Refusing to Give It Up
In the world of the federal government shutdown, some Republicans truly believe the issues should have little to do with them.
Rep. Renee Elmers (R-NC) said last week that she would not give up her Congressional paycheck during this shutdown. She claimed she needed her coins!
Said Elmers in a TV interview:
“I understand that there may be some other members who are deferring their paychecks, and I think that’s admirable. I’m not in that position.”
Once that word hit the media and the blogosphere, Ellmers came under serious heat. She backtracked on the statement saying that her October salary that’s paid at the end of the month would be declined and any monies moving forward until the shutdown is over. Congressional representatives are paid at the end of each month for work done during that time.
I was confused when she made her first statement about not giving up her paycheck. This is the same lady who voted for a continuing resolution to that would have delayed Obamacare for an entire year. It’s the move that thrust the nation into its first government shutdown in 17 years. So while she helped put 800,000+ people temporarily out of work and pay, she wanted to make sure HER money kept flowing.
But, ahh, the power of a pissed-off electorate! Her office was overwhelmed with outcry from people upset with her flaunting her paycheck while so many others suffered. Ellmers covered her ass like any desperate politician and finally said NO to her shutdown salary. Atta girl!
To be fair, there are several Democrats who are still collecting their government-issued checks. However, the vast majority of them did not vote to shut down the government via a radical piece of legislation.
In my opinion, no matter which party, it’s rather hypocritical to delay someone else’s pay while continuing yours and calling it “leadership.” It is outright foul if you ask me. Real people are caught in the crossfire of this shutdown.