Some lawmakers in North Carolina are deferring their pay during the government shutdown, but Rep. Renee Ellmers isn’t one of them and a group is calling on her to change her stance.
Under the Dome reports that more than 70 congressional lawmakers are voluntarily not taking a salary during the partial government shutdown. Democrat David Price of Chapel Hill and Republican Robert Pittenger are among those donating it to the U.S. Treasury. Republicans George Holding, Virginia Foxx and Mark Meadows are not accepting their pay.
GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers isn’t in the group above.
"The thing of it is, I need my paycheck. That is the bottom line," Ellmers told WTVD. “I understand that maybe there are some other members who are deferring their paychecks and I think that’s admirable. I’m not in that position.”
Progress NC, an advocacy group critical of Republicans, suggests Ellmers comments are hypocritical given that other federal employees are not getting paid because of the federal budget impasse in Congress.
'"Beltway Renee' and the Republican leadership in Washington are posturing for an extended shutdown cushioned by their six-figure salaries," Gerrick Brenner, the group's executive director, said, according to Under the Dome.
WTVD also reported that Democratic Rep. G.K. Butterfield isn’t going to decline his pay.
“I don’t think there should be a shutdown,” Butterfield stated. “I think every American worker needs to get paid for his or her labor and that includes members of Congress. I didn’t create the shutdown.”