In an attempt to downplay the impact of the federal government shutdown, Scott Perry, a Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania, showed his complete ignorance of the real world most people live in:
Tonight, I asked Scott Perry (R-Pa.) about effect of fed employees being furloughed. He argued it had no real impact since employees eventually get paid back.
"Who’s living that they’re not going to make it to the next paycheck?"
— Sarah Ferris (@sarahnferris) December 21, 2018
So, this Republican Congressman doesn’t think it’s a big deal if federal workers don’t get paid for a little while, during the holidays no less, because he doesn’t understand how anyone could possibly need their next paycheck right away.
Who’s living paycheck to paycheck, Congressman? Nearly 80% of Americans.
Almost 80% of Americans say they live from paycheck to paycheck, many not knowing how big their next one will be.
Blanketing all of this are stagnant wages and vanishing job benefits. The typical American worker now earns around $44,500 a year, not much more than what the typical worker earned in 40 years ago, adjusted for inflation. Although the US economy continues to grow, most of the gains have been going to a relatively few top executives of large companies, financiers, and inventors and owners of digital devices.
America doesn’t have a jobs crisis. It has a good jobs crisis.
Republican Congressman Scott Perry is not the only Republican Congressman who has exhibited a rather cavalier attitude toward federal workers affected by a government shutdown. Mark Meadows, a Republican Congressman from North Carolina, had his own Christmas message for federal workers who will not be paid for the work they do: it’s what you signed up for.
To the hundreds of thousands of federal employees who will work without pay or be furloughed over the holidays if there is a government shutdown, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) says it is just part of the risk of working in public service.
Meadows, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus and a leading conservative voice urging President Trump not to accept a short-term spending bill absent funding for a border wall, was responding to reporters who asked about Transportation Security Administration and Border Patrol agents who would be required to continue working on Christmas without getting a paycheck.
“It’s actually part of what you do when you sign up for any public service position,” Meadows said. “And it’s not lost on me in terms of, you know, the potential hardship. At the same time, they know they would be required to work and even in preparation for a potential shutdown those groups within the agencies have been instructed to show up.”
In case you were wondering, both Congressmen Scott Perry and Mark Meadows will still be getting paid:
On the other hand, if the government does shut down, Meadows, unlike more than 800,000 federal workers, would still receive his pay on time.
Contrast the attitudes toward workers exhibited by Republican Congressmen Scott Perry and Mark Meadows with the statements being made by Democratic politicians:
So @POTUS, since you’re taking responsibility for this #shutdown, what do you have to say to the 800,000 federal employees who aren’t being paid during the holidays? @AFGENational pic.twitter.com/G7LGjzwC2R
— Rep. Diana DeGette (@RepDianaDeGette) December 22, 2018
.@realDonaldTrump should stop holding the nation hostage to his radical demands. America’s hardworking federal employees deserve to be able to afford rent, pay for gifts, and put food on the table. We need to end the #TrumpShutdown and let them enjoy the holiday season!
— Rep. Ed Perlmutter (@RepPerlmutter) December 22, 2018
A #TrumpShutdown hurts the men & women who keep us safe: taking away paychecks from 41,000 federal law enforcement & corrections officers – plus nearly 90% of Homeland Security employees. pic.twitter.com/dEho7pSSb7
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) December 21, 2018
This shutdown was completely avoidable. Now, hundreds of thousands of federal employees will go without a paycheck over the holidays as @realDonaldTrump throws another temper tantrum over his stupid wall. Republicans’ latest attempt to divide and distract us.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) December 22, 2018
This is the third federal government shutdown of Trump's presidency. It will have real, tangible consequences for families across the country as we head into the holiday season and the New Year. The President needs to reopen the government.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 22, 2018
More than 400,000 federal employees will have to report to work without pay while President Trump continues his senseless government shutdown. Trying to gouge $5 billion for his medieval wall is taking priority over the paychecks of hardworking Americans.
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) December 22, 2018
To celebrate Christmas, @realDonaldTrump is giving 420,000 public servants the gift of requiring them to work without pay. That’s a real “Merry Christmas” to America from the billionaire in the Oval Office.
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) December 22, 2018
While Democratic politicians call on Donald Trump to stop his shutdown so that federal workers can be paid over the holidays, Republican politicians basically say that they couldn’t care less if federal workers get paid.