Two newly sworn-in representatives are showing opposite actions as Republican Dan Crenshaw is forgoing his salary during the partial government shutdown, while Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asked for congressional leaders salaries to be furloughed before she was sworn-in but she’s now keeping quiet.
Back in December, before she was even sworn-in to Congress, the freshman congresswoman explained that she wanted the salaries of congressional leaders to be furloughed the next time there was a government shutdown — even calling it “completely unacceptable” if they got paid.
Next time we have a gov shutdown, Congressional salaries should be furloughed as well.
It’s completely unacceptable that members of Congress can force a government shutdown on partisan lines & then have Congressional salaries exempt from that decision.
Have some integrity. https://t.co/BgueNNjf0f
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 22, 2018
Well, the next time is now as the government is in its 21st day of the partial government shutdown and Ocasio-Cortez seems undecided if she will voluntarily forgo her pay.
However, newly sworn-in congressman Crenshaw has stepped up to the plate and decided to forgo his salary until there has been an agreement on “adequately” funding border security.
The shutdown continues as Democrats haven’t come to an agreement with President Donald Trump on the proposed border wall for the U.S.-Mexico border and border security.
“I cannot in good conscience get paid while federal employees’ financial futures hang in the balance because of this partial government shutdown,” Crenshaw wrote on Twitter, along with a photo of his signature. “I’ve asked the Chief Administrative Officer to withhold my pay until we have come to an agreement to adequately fund border security.”
Crenshaw joins 70 other members of Congress withholding their pay during the shutdown with fourteen of them being newly sworn-in or elected — House members and senators make $174,000 each year.
I cannot in good conscience get paid while federal employees’ financial futures hang in the balance because of this partial government shutdown. I’ve asked the Chief Administrative Officer to withhold my pay until we have come to an agreement to adequately fund border security. pic.twitter.com/2g37vAAtx2
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) January 10, 2019
Crenshaw previously shared with IJR how he doesn’t think Ocasio-Cortez and him are comparable.
“I think the only reason people are comparing us is because we both got famous very quickly,” he told IJR. “She has an extremely different style. I mean, policy differences are 180, but the style is also 180 and I think that’s pretty obvious.”
Although both continue to stay in the spotlight as freshman members of Congress, Ocasio-Cortez has blasted the president while Crenshaw has stepped up in defense of Trump’s proposed border wall, explaining with his personal military experience how a wall is a “crucial part of border security.”