He says he’s sorry and now has reversed course.
The three Nebraska members of the United States House have decided to decline their $174,000/year salary until the federal government shutdown ends.
“But, I think the three of us, (Congressman Jeff) Fortenberry, (Congressman Adrian) Smith and I, have reached the same conclusion; me a little bit more painfully.”
Painfully for Congressman Lee Terry who first told the Omaha World Herald he wouldn’t give up his pay, because he had a nice house and a kid in college and couldn’t handle it.
The quote as reported by the Omaha World Herald when it asked if Terry would follow the lead of some in Congress to forego pay until the shutdown ends:
“Whatever gets them good press,” Terry said. “That’s all that it’s going to be. God bless them. But you know what? I’ve got a nice house and a kid in college, and I’ll tell you we cannot handle it. Giving our paycheck away when you still worked and earned it? That’s just not going to fly.”
He regrets those remarks.
“Well, you know, you get called off the floor to talk to somebody and I just made a quick comment and I’ve got to tell you when I read it in the paper, I’m just like, ‘Oh my God, did I really say that? That just isn’t me,’” Terry tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln, on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Terry has since apologized, stating he was ashamed of his comments.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]