When lawmakers force a government shutdown denying federal workers’ timely paychecks, those lawmakers’ salaries should be furloughed as well, according to Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“Next time we have a gov shutdown, Congressional salaries should be furloughed as well,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Saturday. “It’s completely unacceptable that members of Congress can force a government shutdown on partisan lines & then have Congressional salaries exempt from that decision. Have some integrity.”
The partial shutdown went into effect Friday at midnight after President Donald Trump’s demand for the full $5 billion in border wall funding was denied by Congress and the president refused to sign a spending bill without it.
According to CBS News, more than 420,000 “essential” federal employees are stuck working without pay.
Those employees will eventually receive pack pay. However, an addition 380,000 government employees will be furloughed and may miss a paycheck depending on how long the shutdown lasts.
Newsweek also noted that Ocasio-Cortez has sharply criticized both the border wall and the fact that no one is asking Republicans where they found the money to fund it:
When the House passed a short-term spending bill with $5.7 billion for border security, Ocasio-Cortez commented on how else the money could be spent.
She floated the idea of spending $5.7 billion on teacher pay, replacing water pipes, college tuition/prescription refuel subsidies or green jobs. “And just like that, GOP discovers $5.7 billion for a wall,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “But notice how no one’s asking the GOP how they’re paying for it.”
“For the wall’s $5.7 billion, every child in America could have access to Universal Pre-K. Yet when we propose the SAME $, we’re told Universal Edu is a ‘fantasy’ & asked ‘how are you going to pay for it.’ Education is investment in society that yields returns,” she tweeted. “Walls are waste.”