The Republican Future

The Bottom Line

During the government shutdown of 2013, some members of Congress deferred pay, either in solidarity with the some 800,000 furloughed federal workers or as an acknowledgement of the body's failure to perform its basic duty. Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers of North Carolina was not one of them, telling a local television station, "The thing of it is, I need my paycheck. That is the bottom line."
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