Collins Wants Pay Withheld During Shutdown, but Higgins, Reed Aren’t Impressed

Jan. 10, 2019
Rep. Chris Collins ranked as the 13th richest member of Congress in 2017. (Robert Kirkham/News file photo)
Rep. Chris Collins ranked as the 13th richest member of Congress in 2017.

Rep. Chris Collins announced Wednesday that he has asked that his congressional pay be withheld for the duration of the partial government shutdown, but his Western New York colleagues don’t think very much of that idea.

“I believe it’s unfair for me to receive pay while the men and women who put their lives on the line to keep our country safe are seeing their paychecks delayed,” Collins, a Republican from Clarence, said in a statement. “I’ve requested that my paychecks be withheld until essential federal employees, like our Border Patrol and TSA agents who work to protect the safety and security of American citizens, are fully compensated for their duties during this partial government shutdown.”

Asked if he would do the same, Rep. Brian Higgins, a Buffalo Democrat, noted that the Constitution actually guarantees that lawmakers get paid no matter what they say. And when asked before Collins’ announcement about the pay issue, Rep. Tom Reed, a Corning Republican, dismissed moves such as the one Collins made as publicity stunts.

One Response to “Collins Wants Pay Withheld During Shutdown, but Higgins, Reed Aren’t Impressed”

  1. Phil says:

    This posturing by Collins is similar to all the farewell speeches we heard a few weeks ago. After the Midterm elections several outgoing Senators and Representatives made their farewell speeches which were full of warnings as to how the current system is “broken”; Paul Ryan, Claire McCaskill, Orrin Hatch, Jeff Flake, among many.

    Ironic that these politicians who have gorged themselves on literally millions of dollars in campaign funding from Big Pharma, Defense Contractors, Energy, Big Banking, and even insider stock trading (Chris?) now feel compelled to warn us of the graft and corruption they all fostered.

    These politicians get elected as nobodies, sell their votes, retire as millionaires, then have the nerve to tell us how corrupted our government has become as they check out to become Lobbyists.
    Orrin Hatch was a Senator for 42 years but last week he woke up one morning to find the Senate needs fixing?
    Paul Ryan was Speaker of the House and fiercely defended Trump but now as he leaves he’s suddenly discovers that things aren’t right in Washington?

    And what about all those who are still in office now – where are their warnings and concern?
    The answer is it’s difficult to talk while you’re in office stuffing your mouths at the trough.

    Sadly, the media carries these farewell speeches with no comment except that they are all great public servants and their viewers soak it all up because to do otherwise would be unpatriotic.

    So keep your paycheck Mr. Collins and rest assured we are all impressed with your concern for the rest of your fellow Federal workers.
    One question – where was your righteous concern when you were pumping and dumping stock?

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