Nebraska Republican Refuses to Defer Pay During Shutdown because “I’ve Got a Nice House” to Pay For

lee-terryCongressional Republicans continue to prove that they just don’t “get it.”  A day can’t seem to go by where another one of these clowns doesn’t make some asinine statement regarding their “need” for their paycheck while ignoring the fact that their government shutdown has left over 800,000 Americans with an uncertain future about their own pay.

This time it’s Nebraska Representative Lee Terry, who came out and said that he would not be deferring any of his salary during the shutdown because, as he said, he has a “nice house” to pay for.

When asked about those who have decided to defer their pay during the shutdown, Terry said:

“Whatever gets them good press.  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.”

“Earned it” is a very loose term for any Republican member of Congress these days.  And while he no doubt has a “nice house” and a kid in college, so do many of the 800,000 furloughed workers who might not be able to pay their bills this month thanks to the antics of House Republicans.

And that’s just those who are directly impacted by the government shutdown.  The shutdown has also had a negative ripple effect on businesses that rely on tourism, such as those linked to our national parks—which are now closed.  How many of their families are now suffering thanks to this shutdown?

I wonder if Terry would continue to support this shutdown if the paycheck he needs to pay for his “nice house” was taken away until it was over?  I have a feeling his attitude would be just a little bit different.

But I’m sure he’s like many other Republicans who blame the shutdown on President Obama and Democrats.  Which, of course, is ridiculous.

Let me reiterate something I’ve said several times: When John Boehner allows the Senate Resolution (the clean version they sent to the House) to be voted on in the House (he’s blocking it from being voted on) and it’s rejected (it wouldn’t be) then maybe you can say Democrats are partially to blame for the shutdown.

But that’s not the case.  We have a bill sitting in the House that, if it was allowed to go to a vote, would pass and reopen the government.  There’s no need for Democrats to negotiate when they’ve already agreed to sequester levels of funding — we just need Boehner to allow the Senate’s resolution to be voted on.

However, the comments we’ve seem from some of these Republicans like Rep. Terry simply prove how out of touch these people are with the average American.  He emphatically opposes the idea of deferring his salary, claiming that he needs it to pay for his “nice house,” yet he has no problem allowing hundreds of thousands of Americans to suffer while Republicans play partisan games with our government.

But I would encourage all those reading this to head on over to Representative Lee Terry’s Facebook Page and let him know exactly what you think of his despicable comments.  Tell him and his party to force John Boehner to allow the Senate’s resolution to be voted on in the House and reopen the government.  And tell him how happy you are that he still has a paycheck for his “nice house,” while thousands of others suffer thanks to his party’s pathetic partisanship.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Anthony F.

    I am glad you are adding these peoples sites/pages who are really messing with our lives. It gives us a chance to tell them what we think of them!

    • pennyroyal

      they are all in safe, ultra-republican/Tea Party districts and are accountable to no one. This has to end. By gaining entry to their fb pages you may get them to realize how bizarre their ideology is.

  • Ellen Backke

    “God bless them”??? Does he want his god – the god of greed – to bless them?

  • SnowTigger ND

    Kevin Cramer is another one who is keeping his pay…..

  • Kent Opdahl

    So then have all the democrats deferred their pay? Or are we just picking who should look bad?

    • Mainah

      Why? Did the Dems vote for the shutdown? Try to stay on point. The republicans drove the bus off a cliff. They are also the ones using the parks closures as photo ops but no one has bothered to hold up a hungry kid. Oh, right. They voted to cut that funding.

      • Kent Opdahl

        Have the Dems passed and of the
        solutions? They are all equally to blame.

      • Mainah

        I am having difficulty with your sentence. Could you clarify that? The article is about the republicans stating how the dems won’t meet with them. They put the Obamacare attachment in the CR knowing that it wasn’t going to fly. It’s the law now. Much like Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act which is more destructive than it is good.(Well, good for Jeb anyways) If the Dems pulled this stunt, then they should fork over their pay but we all know who did. Pass the tea, would you?

      • philec39

        Mainah, “It’s the law now.” That statement really doesn’t mean much. At one time Prohibition was the law, as was not allowing women to vote, as was slavery, as was separate facilities and schools for Blacks. ALL these and others were THE LAW at one time or another. A shutdown is mild compared to what was done to end slavery!

      • Mainah

        I suggest you reread my post. I included a law that was enacted that wasn’t popular in correlation with our era. Not the 1800’s. Merely to point out that when a law is wildly unpopular … you don’t shut down the government. Slavery is on a whole different level than healthcare. Apples to oranges.

      • Poogie Bell

        Wow. THIS is the GOP strategy y’all and it’s how paid shills like Kent Opdahl spread their discontent on social media: pretend nothing else is true except what you just made up. you can make up anything and as long as YOU think it’s true, do what you can by making it truer by yelling, screaming, talking over others. It’s like that commercial on TV for Family Guy where the baby says over and over “mommy..mommy…mom…ma…mommy…” you want to win against folks like this? criticize his hat.

      • Kent Opdahl

        Paid shill????? What flipping rock did you crawl out from under? I have no use for any of our government, be they republican or democrat! Every one of them are crooks! I am one of the many that feed fools like you every day, not sit on these sights spreading BS.

      • kissyface

        get educated. this is 100% the Rethuglican’s fault. the senate has been asking the house to sit down since April and the house has refused. the senate has passed a clean bill giving the house sequester level spending and Boehner refuses to present it to the house.

  • Poogie Bell

    Thanks for posting this. Keep up the good work. On Facebook, I expressed my opinion about these politicians position on receiving pay during the shutdown for Congressman Mike Lee, Senator Ted Cruz. I will be doing the same on Lee Terry’s page. I urge others to do the same, if for no other reason than to vent your frustration to those who are directly involved in the shutdown.

    • Mrs_oatmeal

      I think his FBI page may be gone. I’ve tried 3 times to get on and nothing comes up. ( I used the link here)

      • Betty Venable Byrnes

        I was just on there and it works now. In fact he posted about “doing the right thing” – having his salary withheld.

  • Steve Temke

    I just left Mr. Terry’s Facebook page. Good God, it’s a bloodbath over there! I counted only two positive messages among the dozens and dozens of messages calling him everything from a traitor to a piece of shit.

    • artisanr

      Well, Americans are good at callin’ em as they are seein’ em. Especially after this month! 🙂

      • Nathaniel

        You’re right! And what I see is a hardcore leftist. I can promise you the fact that this man is a Republican has nothing to do with being a piece of Shat. Open your eyes and see that it isn’t a Republican issue, but something greater. For far too long Congress has for lack of a better word screwed this country by over spending. It’s a pretty basic idea really. If you spend more money than you bring in, you create a negative balance. Continual misuse of this countries budget will drive us (this country) into bankruptcy. Please take basic economics, it’s most certainly one of the first things you will learn 😉

      • jj

        You’re talking apples and oranges, man. Yes, we need to get spending under control, and yes the extreme right of the GOP is a bunch of crazy sob’s.

      • Christopher Young

        You are correct it is basic economics. Lets visit the part about taking in less than you spend. How about putting an end to tax breaks for the wealthiest american. Let them pay the percentage they are supposed to. Economics 101.

    • Steve K.

      Bloodbath is an understatement… YOWZAH!

  • annejumps

    The talking point is that since those furloughed are labeled “non-essential” employees, they must not actually do any work. Unlike Terry, of course.

  • Betty Venable Byrnes

    Seems all this bad PR has gotten to him… He’s now doing what he should have done in the first place – putting his salary on hold!
    I echo Anthony F – I’m glad you are adding pages and sites for these idiots.

  • jmkks

    outrageous, let them keep talking and somebody keep track of who’s saying what! Election 2014 is OVER

  • TomyK

    Allen, why are you (and CNN and other media) so focused on their pay? That’s complaining about pennies while they burn $100 bills. Let them get paid, it means nothing. I love your writing, but I hope you will stay on the major issues, like WHY IS THE DEBT CEILING AN ISSUE AT ALL? I am told that in almost every country, the issue doesn’t exist, because the permission is a part of the actual bills that pass. Why does congress pass bills and then have a separate issue of raising the debt ceiling on those very bills? It sounds like a manufactured crisis to me. And I don’t hear the democrats putting that out as a solution either, by the way. I think every single bill that passes congress should have a “Debt Ceiling” permission of some kind, plus a “Deficit Impact Acknowledgement” of some kind, based on the non-partisan CBO estimate.

  • Deinonychus

    The pay we should be worrying about is the $2 million/yr. salary he’ll start pulling as a lobbyist three days after he leaves Congress. He’s not worried about his current job, or his house. WE should also worry about the money spent propping him (and the rest, R and D) up through lobbying, campaign contributions, and smear campaigns against his opponents – funded by billionaires and multinational corporations. The real villains in this catastrophic mess are five, black-robed inquisitors who sit on the SCOTUS
    bench now, and their counterparts who sat on the same bench in back 1886. If that’s too cryptic, look up Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad – the SCOTUS decision that gave corporations the same constitutional rights as individual, human citizens.

    Either WE nullify Citizens United v. FEC, AND Santa Clara v. SPR, or WE forfeit representative government. There will be blood. I don’t think the Koch brothers and their ilk will peacefully relinquish their wholesale ownership of the three branches of the United States government. That
    PROPERTY has been generating unprecedented wealth for them. WE let this happen.

    IF WE endeavor to retrieve our government from its current owners, people will be put in prison, and people will be killed. Yes, WE let it go that far, and it’s come to this. I’ve never hoped so fervently in my entire life that I’m completely wrong. Let me be wrong, please.

  • strayaway

    “As of midday Monday, at least 159 lawmakers have said that they plan to donate, refuse or hold in escrow compensation earned over the course of the impasse. (The count includes a few members who already donate their salary to charity).” -Washington Post

    88 of them (54%) are Republicans.

  • Mario P

    Get your facts straight. Both dems and republicans are not giving up their pay including Debbie Wasserman Shultz. They are according to CNNNine House members, however, say they’re keeping their salary: Mike Thompson, D-California; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida; Rep. Danny Davis, D-Illinois; Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Indiana; Rep. William ‘Lacy’ Clay, Jr., D-Missouri; Rep. Howard Coble, R-North Carolina; Rep. Susan Brooks, R-North Carolina; Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-North Carolina; James Clyburn, D-South Carolina.