There’s mounting pressure from Republicans directed at members of their own party in the wake of the government shutdown debacle.
Appearing on MSNBC with Al Sharpton, Rep. Blake Farenhold (R-TX) challenged fellow Texas Republican Ted Cruz to give up his paycheck in the event of a government shutdown. “Ted, put your money where your mouth is,” Farenhold said. “I would consider it to be immoral to take a paycheck when the people in the federal government were not.”
After viewing a tape of Cruz saying that he didn’t have any intentions of giving up his pay, Farenhold was compelled to question the controversial congressman’s moral standing on the shutdown mess.
But Farenhold went on to downplay the shutting down of government offices, which now seems to be inevitable. He mentioned to Sharpton that in the past, employees were reimbursed pay that they’d lost when their jobs were put on hold. But Sharpton was quick to point out that only people who are higher on the income ladder will be the only ones who can withstand the temporary loss of work.
“People that live check to check, people that can make it only because of that paycheck, that is not much comfort to them, if in fact you have a long shutdown,” Sharpton countered.
Watch the exchange in the video below.