Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Thursday that as long as lawmakers continue to allow a portion of the government to be shut down, they shouldn’t be getting paid, either.
Haley’s comments, which were made in a tweet, came as hundreds of thousands of federal workers remain furloughed due to the partial shutdown over Democrats’ refusal to fund physical border barriers they have supported in the past.
Some federal employees such as Border Patrol agents are considered vital to national security so they remain on the job — though the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Border Patrol, is one agency that remains unfunded.
“Today the new Congress takes office. No member should get paid while the government is shut down and border security is not funded. # DoYourJob,” Haley, who also served as South Carolina governor, wrote on Twitter.
Today the new Congress takes office. No member should get paid while the government is shut down and border security is not funded.#DoYourJob 🇺🇸
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) January 3, 2019
About 25 percent of the government shut down on Dec. 22 as annual funding ran out including the Departments of Agriculture, Treasury, Commerce, Justice, Interior, and State.
POTUS Donald Trump has been waiting on Democrats to make a deal for funding, but incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., are refusing to agree to any money for the president’s border wall simply because they want to deny him a political victory.
The president has said he won’t sign any spending bill without wall funding, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he won’t bring any bill to the Senate floor that Trump won’t sign.
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