Friday, January 11 2019

Rep. Dan Crenshaw Joins More Than 70 Lawmakers Giving Up Salary During Govt. Shutdown Featured

Written by Melanie Arter

Combat-injured war veteran-turned Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), who was mocked on “Saturday Night Live” last year, began his first term in office by sacrificing his paycheck until government workers receive theirs.

The Washington Examiner reports that Crenshaw is one of 70 members of Congress foregoing his $174,000 salary until the shutdown is resolved.

Fifty-eight congressmen and women and 13 senators have refused to take a paycheck since Dec. 22. Fourteen new members of Congress have asked for their paycheck to be withheld until the government reopens. Crenshaw is one of them. "I cannot in good conscience get paid while federal employees’ financial futures hang in the balance because of this partial government shutdown. I’ve asked the Chief Administrative Officer to withhold my pay until we have come to an agreement to adequately fund border security," Crenshaw Hoyer: Shutting Down the Government to Get Your Way Isn't Democracy, 'That's Dictatorship'


On Friday’s broadcast of CNN’s “New Day,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said Republicans have used government shutdowns to get their way and “That’s not democracy.

That’s dictatorship.”

Hoyer said, “[T]he real problem here is, the president is using what Republicans have done before. They did it for the Affordable Care Act. They did it under Bill Clinton when he refused to cut education as much as they wanted to. They’ve used shutting down government, taking government employees hostage, and taking people who rely on government on a daily basis hostage to get their way. That’s not democracy. That’s dictatorship.”

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Pissed-off federal employees post $0 pay stubs

Federal employees furious over the partial government shutdown vented their anger Friday in social media posts that show pay stubs with zero dollars in income.

Oscar Murrillo Jr. of Lancaster, California, tweeted an image of his upcoming Jan.

15 earnings statement from NASA with a red circle around a box that shows his net pay as “$0.00.”

“I just got my paystub, it was $0 (-$130 actually to account for mandatory deductions),” wrote Murillo, whose username is @jamito.

“However, my Senator @KamalaHarris is on a book tour charging $40 per seat. #ShutdownStory #DoYourJob”

He also included a link to a sold-out appearance that Harris (D-Calif.), a potential presidential candidate, made Wednesday at The George Washington University to promote her memoir, “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey.”

Catherine Lovetro, aka @CatLovetro, posted a screenshot of an employeeexpress.gov account that shows “$0.00” in both gross and net pay.


Her post came in reply to a tweet about air traffic controllers being forced to work without pay during the shutdown.

“Here’s my pay stub! #willvectorforfood,” Lovetro wrote, using a term for managing planes in the air.

The tweets were first reported by USA Today.


The shutdown began Dec. 22 when President Trump and Congressional Democrats failed to agree on funding for nine of 15 departments of the federal government.

The two sides are at odds over Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to build a barrier between the US and Mexico.

The shutdown is set to begin a record-setting, 22nd day on Saturday.


Donald Trump Pumps the Brakes on Declaring State of Emergency: 'It's the Easy Way Out'

President Donald Trump said Friday he is not looking to declare a State of Emergency to fund the wall, despite restating his right to do so. “I’m not going to do it so fast … What we’re not looking to do right now is national emergency,” he told reporters at a roundtable with law enforcement at the White House.

The president repeated that he had a right to declare a national emergency at the Southern border.

“It’s the easy way out, but Congress should do this, it’s too simple, it’s too basic, … if they can’t do it I will declare a national emergency,” Trump said.

Sen. Lindsey Graham publicly called upon the president to declare a State of Emergency on Thursday, echoing many of Trump’s supporters.


Congressional Democrat leaders remain staunchly opposed to giving in to Trump’s demands for funding for security at the Southern border as the partial government shutdown continues for the 2oth day.

“I’d rather not do it because this is something that Congress should easily do, and I don’t want to give them an easy way out,” he said. “I want the Democrats to come back to Washington and vote.”

Dan Crenshaw rebukes Democrat for 'cowardly' speech calling Trump supporters alcohol-addicted, drug abusers


Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, issued a stern admonishment Sunday of a House Democrat who recently compared President Trump to Adolf Hitler and described his supporters as being alcohol-addicted and prone to drug abuse.

In a two-minute video the freshman GOP lawmaker chastised Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., for the combative speech he delivered last week.

"President Trump is a lot of things, but he's not Hitler. He didn't kill millions of people. He didn't star a world war. He doesn't have any concentration camps," Crenshaw said. "And to accuse him of being Hitler is intellectually dishonest, and frankly, a huge insult to the millions of Jews who died under Nazi Germany."


Johnson made the comments while addressing the attendees of an NAACP "Jubilee Day" event in Atlanta's Friendship Baptist Church.

"Americans elected an authoritarian, an anti-immigrant, racist strongman to the nation’s highest office," Johnson said. "Donald Trump and his 'Make America Great Again' followers, who want to return America back to a time where white men and white privilege were unchallenged, and where minorities and women were in their place. These folks now control the highest office of the land."

"Americans, particularly black Americans, can't afford to make that same mistake about the harm that could be done by a man named Hitler or a man named Trump," he added.


Johnson, who will lead a House Judiciary subcommittee in the 116th Congress, also described Trump supporters as "older, less educated, less prosperous, and they are dying early."

"Many are dying from alcoholism, drug overdoses, liver disease, or simply a broken heart caused by economic despair," he said.

Crenshaw, who became a household name late last year after he was mocked on "Saturday Night Live" and later went on the show himself, was injured by a bomb in Afghanistan, which took his right eye. He served 10 years as a Navy SEAL.This article was sourced from Breitbart

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