As a wise man once said: “The best thing about bad times is that you learn real quick who your friends are.” Since the shutdown began, one of the hottest button topics in the news has been “Who’s keeping their paycheck, and who’s showing solidarity with more than 800,000 others going without pay.
CNN has been keeping an updated list of the representativeswho are deferring pay, those who are donating it, and the ones who don’t plan on having a job next year. Here’s the list of those who place more value on this week’s $3,346 Congressional pay check than they put on showing support for the 800,000 people who are out of work — or their own jobs, after 2014.
You’ll note that there’s a pretty even split between Democrats and Republicans, which shows that self-entitlement and greed lay aplenty on both sides of the isle.
Bear in mind, also, that these are just the congresspeople who have confirmed to CNN that they are definitely keeping their paychecks, as opposed to deferring or donating them. Many representatives have yet to respond to CNN — and it’s probably a safe bet that they haven’t responded because they don’t want anyone to know they’re not going to be donating $3,300 to the Red Cross this week.
Below are the confirmed Keepers, but you might want to take some time to look over CNN’s list and note who has a big “BLANK” next to their name.
DEMOCRAT Mike Thompson California 5th District
DEMOCRAT Debbie Wasserman Schulz Florida, 23rd District
DEMOCRAT William “Lacy” Clay Missouri, 1st District
DEMOCRAT Danny K. Davis Illinois, 7th District
DEMOCRAT James Clyburn S. Carolina, 6th Dist.
REPUBLICAN Howard Coble North Carolina, 6th
REPUBLICAN Renee Ellmers North Carolina, 2nd
REPUBLICAN Todd Rokita Indiana, 4th District
REPUBLICAN Susan Brooks Indiana, 5th District
DEMOCRAT Chris Murphy Connecticut
DEMOCRAT Tom Harkin Iowa
DEMOCRAT Patty Murray Washington
REPUBLICAN Tom Coburn Oklahoma
REPUBLICAN Chuck Grassley Iowa
REPUBLICAN Roy Blunt Missouri
REPUBLICAN Deb Fischer Nebraska