After originally saying he was keeping his paychecks during the government shutdown, Rep. Lee Terry now says he’ll have his paycheck withheld until the shutdown is over and he’s sorry for his comments about why he wanted to keep his pay.
"The other day I made a statement that I would put my needs above others in crisis," Terry, a Republican from Nebraska, said in a statement, according to the Huffington Post. "I'm ashamed of my comments. It was not leadership. It is not how I was raised ... I apologize for my hurtful remarks when so many others are feeling the pain of Washington’s dysfunction."
Terry didn’t do himself any favors a few days back when he was asked if he would keep his checks coming in during the shutdown.
“Dang straight,” Terry told the Omaha World-Herald.
Terry then also commented on others who were donating or forgoing their pay during the shutdown.
“Whatever gets them good press,” Terry stated. “That's all that it's going to be. God bless them. But you know what? I've got a nice house and a kid in college, and I'll tell you we cannot handle it. Giving our paycheck away when you still worked and earned it? That's just not going to fly.”
The Huffington Post also reports that Nebraska Democratic Party Executive Director Jim Rogers called Terry's apology "fake" and criticized him for having his paycheck withheld but not donating it to charity.
"It's a shame that it took massive public outcry for Congressman Terry to realize what everyday Nebraskans already know: voting for an irresponsible government shutdown and keeping his paycheck are Washington values, not Nebraska values," said Rogers in part of a statement.