With hundreds of thousands of federal employees furloughed and missing out on their pay, some members of Congress have graciously agreed to forego their own salaries during the government shutdown, or donate the money to charity. But not one North Carolina legislator:
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) told a local television station that she would not be deferring her pay during the government shutdown, as some other members have done.
“I need my paycheck. That’s the bottom line,” Ellmers told WTVD in Raleigh, N.C. “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.”
Gee, did you consider that maybe all those federal employees you’ve forced to go without a paycheck aren’t in that position either? That maybe a park ranger making $45,000 a year can afford to miss paychecks a lot less than a congresswoman making $180,000 with a surgeon husband who probably makes at least that much too? Or are they just the rabble who don’t matter?