Republican Rep. Scott Perry offered a glaring example of just how out of touch lawmakers can be on Thursday when he was asked about the effect of a government shutdown on federal employees.
The Pennsylvania representative “said a government shutdown would not truly impact employees and scoffed at the idea that a federal worker would need their next paycheck to make ends meet,” The Hill reported.
“Who’s living that they’re not going to make it to the next paycheck?” he asked Politico reporter Sarah Ferris.
“Why are government employees so sacrosanct? Private sector employees deal with this all the time...The government’s not immune to these things,” he added.
The government entered into a partial shutdown Friday at midnight after President Donald Trump failed to secure full funding for his border wall in Congress’ spending bill, placing thousands of federal workers on furlough just before the Christmas holiday.
Despite Perry’s suggestion that federal employees are not living paycheck-to-paycheck, the data reveal a different story:
A 2017 survey found that 78 percent of full-time workers live paycheck to paycheck, with 56 percent saying they were overwhelmed by debt. There was no differentiation for federal employees.