Omaha congressman changes mind, won't take pay

Oct 7, 2013

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha congressman has changed his mind and now says he won't take a paycheck until furloughed federal workers are paid.

Rep. Lee Terry had been asked last week by the Omaha World-Herald whether he'd continue collecting his pay during the government shutdown, and he replied, "Dang straight." Terry also said he had a nice house and a child in college and that he couldn't afford to give up his pay.

But on Sunday, the 2nd District Republican said he was ashamed of his comments and said he apologized for his "hurtful remarks when so many others are feeling the pain of Washington's dysfunction."

The House voted 407-0 on Saturday to provide retroactive pay for the federal workers on furlough. The Senate is expected to support the measure, too.

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