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

lee-terryCongressional 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.

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  • Deinonychus

    The pay we should be worrying about is the $2 million/yr. salary he’ll start pulling as a lobbyist three days after he leaves Congress. He’s not worried about his current job, or his house. WE should also worry about the money spent propping him (and the rest, R and D) up through lobbying, campaign contributions, and smear campaigns against his opponents – funded by billionaires and multinational corporations. The real villains in this catastrophic mess are five, black-robed inquisitors who sit on the SCOTUS
    bench now, and their counterparts who sat on the same bench in back 1886. If that’s too cryptic, look up Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad – the SCOTUS decision that gave corporations the same constitutional rights as individual, human citizens.

    Either WE nullify Citizens United v. FEC, AND Santa Clara v. SPR, or WE forfeit representative government. There will be blood. I don’t think the Koch brothers and their ilk will peacefully relinquish their wholesale ownership of the three branches of the United States government. That
    PROPERTY has been generating unprecedented wealth for them. WE let this happen.

    IF WE endeavor to retrieve our government from its current owners, people will be put in prison, and people will be killed. Yes, WE let it go that far, and it’s come to this. I’ve never hoped so fervently in my entire life that I’m completely wrong. Let me be wrong, please.

  • strayaway

    “As of midday Monday, at least 159 lawmakers have said that they plan to donate, refuse or hold in escrow compensation earned over the course of the impasse. (The count includes a few members who already donate their salary to charity).” -Washington Post

    88 of them (54%) are Republicans.

  • Mario P

    Get your facts straight. Both dems and republicans are not giving up their pay including Debbie Wasserman Shultz. They are according to CNNNine House members, however, say they’re keeping their salary: Mike Thompson, D-California; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida; Rep. Danny Davis, D-Illinois; Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Indiana; Rep. William ‘Lacy’ Clay, Jr., D-Missouri; Rep. Howard Coble, R-North Carolina; Rep. Susan Brooks, R-North Carolina; Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-North Carolina; James Clyburn, D-South Carolina.

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