Rep. Dan Crenshaw blasted House Democrats for failing for the second time to vote in favor of legislation that would pay federal workers.
The Texas Republican called out Democrats for their hypocrisy in complaining about struggling unpaid federal workers and demanding an end to the government shutdown while voting against legislation that would see those employees get their paychecks.
“Over the last week, we voted twice on a motion to recommit, which would send an appropriations bill back to committee, in order to pay federal workers,” the former Navy SEAL explained. “Now this is separate from the bipartisan plan to give them back pay. That’s separate. This is two other bills that would actually pay them in real time. This would actually pay them right now.”
Democrats introduced another bill Wednesday to fund the entire government, but once again did not include any funding for President Trump’s requested wall along the southern U.S. border, the condition that has lead to an impasse as the month-long partial government shutdown becomes the longest one in history.
Republicans countered with a motion to erase the Democrat-sponsored appropriations bill and vote instead on one that would pay furloughed workers. Republicans were joined by only 10 Democrats in voting in favor of the bill, a slight increase from the six who defected from the Democratic line last week with a similar bill.
Update: House GOP voted again to pay federal employees. This time just ten Democrats joined us: https://t.co/WkNAXfi4mj
Actions speak louder than words. https://t.co/aZwEzgIr8U
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) January 24, 2019
“This is important. If their priority is really federal workers, and that’s a laudable priority for sure, then let’s actually pay them so that they can’t be used as pawns,” Crenshaw said. “If we’re not paying them, then I don’t know what else to say except that Democrats actually want them as leverage and that’s really not right.”
“Let’s pay them right now,” he urged. “Let’s pass these kind of bills.”
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