An estimated 800,000 workers have been furloughed due to the government shutdown and are worried about making ends meet, meanwhile some politicians are opting to defer their paychecks. But not Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) who told a local television station that she would not be deferring her pay during the government shutdown because she said,”I need my paycheck.”
She continued, “That’s the bottom line.”
Ellmers spoke with WTVD in Raleigh, N.C., adding, “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.”
Talking Points Memo reports, “According to Ellmers’s official website, she was a registered nurse for 21 years before being elected to Congress. Her husband Brent, the website says, is a general surgeon.
Democratic Rep. G.K. Butterfield also told WTVD that he wouldn’t be deferring his pay. “I don’t think there should be a shutdown,” he said. “I didn’t create the shutdown.”
Well the workers certainly didn’t.
For fuck’s sake. They should both defer their paychecks. But to say that she needs her paycheck, while dismissing the needs of 800,000 workers, is over the top.