While democratic socialist and media favorite Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, stands out for all the wrong reasons, Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, continues to make a name for himself for his honor and integrity.
Adding to the impressive list of reasons to feel good about Crenshaw was the former Navy SEAL’s decision Thursday to request that his pay be withheld until the partial government shutdown has been resolved.
A move that comes in respect to federal employees, who may be impacted by the shutdown.
“I cannot in good conscience get paid while federal employees’ financial futures hang in the balance because of this partial government shutdown,” Crenshaw said on Twitter. “I’ve asked the Chief Administrative Officer to withhold my pay until we have come to an agreement to adequately fund border security.”
I cannot in good conscience get paid while federal employees’ financial futures hang in the balance because of this partial government shutdown. I’ve asked the Chief Administrative Officer to withhold my pay until we have come to an agreement to adequately fund border security. pic.twitter.com/2g37vAAtx2
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) January 10, 2019
According to a December tweet from Ocasio-Cortez — who wasn’t yet collecting her $174,000 annual salary — the socialist lawmaker was in solidarity with Crenshaw’s sentiments.
“Next time we have a gov shutdown, Congressional salaries should be furloughed as well,” she tweeted. “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.”
Next time we have a gov shutdown, Congressional salaries should be furloughed as well.
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. https://t.co/BgueNNjf0f
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 22, 2018
So it only makes sense that Ocasio-Cortez is also forgoing her pay, right? Right?
Well, the newly elected Democrat has been dodging the issue after being asked by reporters if she will take a salary during the shutdown, according to Fox News. Her silence a good indication that, as of now, she plans to take the money and run.
Congressman Dan Crenshaw from Texas has asked the Chief Administrative Officer to withhold his pay until the shutdown has ended and the border is secure.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has also demanded all congressmen do this – yet still accepts her paycheck 3 weeks into the shutdown pic.twitter.com/LhkbOF40Ed
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 10, 2019
This being despite more than a dozen lawmakers on Capitol Hill already vowing to forgo their paychecks while the government is shut down.
Not a stellar look, but then, Ocasio-Cortez is becoming accustomed to such a look as it was reported this week that she failed to provide workers’ compensation coverage to her campaign workers during the election last year.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 11, 2019
She did make it clear that her finances were tight after being elected to office, saying she was having a difficult time renting an affordable apartment in Washington, D.C.
“I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress,” Ocasio-Crtez told the New York Times. “So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real.”
What’s also very real is the respect Crenshaw is earning, from both sides of the aisle.
Here’s a sampling of responses to his gesture in support of federal employees from Twitter:
You’re a man of superb character Dan; the country is fortunate to have you serving.
— Gary Mitchell (@wb9tpg) January 10, 2019
Lunacy is an affliction affecting both parties. It’s a good gesture, and a meaningful one. I’m a democrat, and save for the wall, I really like this guy.
— TryinRyan (@TryinRyan2) January 10, 2019
Haley/Crenshaw 2024? I‘m in!
— Jasille Castro (@JasilleCastro) January 10, 2019
— Sam Figueroa, aka DJ 42 (@DJ4orty2wo) January 10, 2019
Thank you for leading by example!
— debbie clark (@debbie3clark) January 10, 2019
BOTH Chambers of Congress should follow Rep. Crenshaw’s example until the shutdown is resolved.
— JP ✭ (@NYC_Cowsheep) January 10, 2019
You are a good man Mr Crenshaw. Leading by example your whole life. Leading by example.
— John Svagdis (@JohnSvagdis) January 10, 2019