(Conservative Tribune) – In response to the “Shumer shutdown,” one GOP House member announced over the weekend that she would refuse her pay for the duration of the government closure.
“In light of the unacceptable action taken by Senate Democrats to shut down the federal government, I have requested my pay be withheld until the #SchumerShutdown ends,” Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock tweeted Saturday.
She likewise attached a letter addressed to Chief Administrative Officer Philip G. Kiko that outlined her opposition to whatever policy permits members of Congress to collect pay during a shutdown.
“Since I do not agree with that policy, please withhold my pay until an appropriations agreements has taken effect.”
In light of the unacceptable action taken by Senate Democrats to shut down the federal government, I have requested my pay be withheld until the #SchumerShutdown ends. #VA10 pic.twitter.com/v4Y7Ahi1dd
— Barbara Comstock (@RepComstock) January 20, 2018
Nicely done, although she’s not the only one. Two other members of Congress have used Twitter to issue similar announcements.
Members of Congress should not be paid while our government isn't running.
I'm informing the CAO: for the entirety of the #SchumerShutdown, I will not be accepting one dime of my salary. As long as our military members and families aren't being paid, I won't be paid either.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) January 21, 2018
As long as 100,000 active duty service men and women based in NC are defending our freedom with no pay, the very least I can do is lead by example with my letter to the CAO of Congress refusing my salary as well. #SchumerShutdown pic.twitter.com/JlUmWI9JBW
— Rep. Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) January 21, 2018
The News & Observer correctly noted Sunday that “(a)ll three are Republicans.”
Exactly. Though the Democrats manufactured this crisis by refusing to negotiate fairly with Republicans, they nevertheless intend to continue collecting their pay.
As a reminder, the shutdown was triggered Saturday after the Senate failed to pass a continuing resolution that would have funded the government for another month and also extended the Children’s Health Insurance Program by six years.
According to CNN, the two sides reached an agreement Monday to re-open the government, but it didn’t come without Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s stubbornly resisting a deal.
Why? Because he demands that any deal “protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation,” as reported by Bloomberg.
Sen. Dick Durbin reiterated this very point in a tweet last week:
Unless we pass the #DreamAct, I won’t support another short-term funding bill. Our Dreamers have waited far too long for a chance to be a part of this country’s future.
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) January 18, 2018
In other words, Schumer, Durbin and the rest of their Democrats peers were willing to let the military languish without pay — even as they themselves collected pay — just to ensure their illegal immigrant constituents get what they want.
It’s appalling, especially in light of a CNN poll that found a 56 percent majority of Americans believe “approving a budget to avoid a government shutdown was more important for Congress to do than passing a bill to maintain the DACA program.”
Is that the Democrat priority? Of course not. Whether it’s “Russia, Russia, Russia,” or “DACA, DACA, DACA,” Democrats invariably prioritize all the wrong things. That’s perhaps why they’re a minority in Congress and will, hopefully, remain that way for a very long time coming.