Rep. Terry Apologizes, Now Says He'll Forgo Pay

Jennifer Griswold

Rep. Terry Apologizes, Now Says He'll Forgo Pay

CREATED Oct. 6, 2013

Omaha, NE - Representative Lee Terry has changed his mind regarding whether he'll get paid during the federal government shutdown. The Nebraska Republican now says he'll forgo his pay until furloughed employees receive their pay. 

Rep. Terry received criticism last week for comments he made to the Omaha World-Herald. The newspaper asked if he would continue collecting his paycheck. He reportedly said, "Dang straight." He said, in part, "I've got a nice house and a kid in college, and I'll tell you we cannot handle it. Giving our paycheck away when you still worked and earned it? That's just not going to fly."

In a statement released this weekend, Rep. Terry said, in part, "The other day I made a statement that I would put my needs above others in crisis.  I'm ashamed of my comments. It was not leadership. It is not how I was raised. It is not the nature of my character. It is not what I want to teach my sons.  I apologize for my hurtful remarks when so many others are feeling the pain of Washington’s dysfunction." It then said, “I have asked the Chief Administrative Officer to withhold my paycheck until furloughed employees get their paycheck.”

The Nebraska Democratic Party Executive Director Jim Rogers said Congressman Terry's apology is fake. He said, "It's a shame that it took massive public outcry for Congressman Terry to realize what everyday Nebraskans already know voting for an irresponsible government shutdown and keeping his paycheck are Washington values, not Nebraska values." Rogers said Rep. Terry should give his paycheck to charity like some other lawmakers. He said, "Congressman Terry can't run way from his vote to shut down the government nor from the fact that he will get his back pay as soon as the shutdown ends. The true apology Terry should be giving is the fact he got us in to this mess that hurts middle class Nebraskans."

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