As reported by the Omaha World-Herald Bureau and The Huffington Post, when Rep. Lee Terry (R-JERK) was asked about keeping his pay during the government shutdown his party created, he simply replied with, “Dang straight.”
“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.”
Terry had more to say about the shutdown too. From the Omaha World-Herald Bureau:
He [Terry] acknowledged that many federal employees aren’t getting paid because of the shutdown.
“We’re fighting to get them back to work. That’s the real issue, is getting this thing done,” Terry said. “I’m working with leadership. I’m trying to figure out ways to get this done.”
He also said that civilian workers furloughed from U.S. Strategic Command or the 55th Wing should not be going without pay. He said legislation signed by the president provides for their pay, and that the administration is violating the law in furloughing them.
“That is one of the most vicious games I’ve seen,” Terry said. “Those people were protected by law, and they’re still being furloughed.”[/box]
Although we’re not certain what Mr. Terry makes, most members of Congress bring home about $174,000 annually. Must be rough, you tireless champions of The People!