Florida Rep. Ted Yoho (R) said the 800,000 government workers furloughed during the shutdown should not receive backpay, although he voted in favor of a bill last week that authorized backpay for non-essential workers.
“The people that had to work should be paid. But the people that are home watching Netflix and whatever, I’m not sure that we should be sending them checks,” a constituent told Yoho during a town hall teleconference Thursday.
“Well, when we voted on that they were supposed to come back to work as part of that deal,” Yoho responded. “I agree 100 percent with you. If they’re not working they shouldn’t get paid.”
Yoho and other members of the House voted unanimously Friday to approve retroactive backpay for all government workers.
According to this infographic from Enigma, the government currently owes $1.99 trillion in unpaid salary since the shutdown began 10 days ago.
Historically both essential and non-essential workers have received backpay after a shutdown.
During the meeting, Yoho went on to blame the liberal media for suggesting that a default world be catastrophic for world markets.
“It’s just an uphill battle we have to fight,” said Yoho, adding that the media enjoyed making fun of him. “Good thing a lot of us are Christians.”