Tea party lawmaker: Furloughed workers shouldn’t get back pay, even though he voted to approve it

By Travis Gettys
Friday, October 11, 2013 10:48 EDT
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A tea party Republican lawmaker said he didn’t think some furloughed workers should receive back pay, even though he voted last week to authorize it.

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) said Thursday evening during a telephone town hall that he agreed with a caller who said furloughed federal employees who work should be paid, but not those who “are home watching Netflix or whatever.”

“Well, when we voted on that they were supposed to come back to work as part of that deal,” Yoho said. “I agree 100 percent with you. If they’re not working, they shouldn’t get paid.”

The former large-animal veterinarian from Gainesville voted Saturday with other House members to unanimously approve retroactive pay for all federal workers, although Senate Democrats want the measure to be included in a comprehensive budget package that does not delay or defund the Affordable Care Act.

Yoho also defended his comments on raising the debt ceiling, blaming the liberal media for suggesting that a failure to lift the debt limit would bring turmoil — not stability — to world markets.

“It’s just an uphill battle we have to fight,” said Yoho, adding that the media liked to poke fun at him. “Good thing a lot of us are Christians.”

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