NY Congressmember Donates Shutdown Pay, Saying It Was ‘Drama Over Nothing’


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President Donald Trump, accompanied by, Rep. Claudia Tenney, R.

SYRACUSE (WRVO) – Southern Tier Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) is donating her Congressional paycheck that she received during the federal government’s recent shutdown. She made donations to organizations like the Central New York Veteran’s Outreach Center in Utica for each day of the shutdown, about $300 per check.

“The Schumer shutdown caused us to have to put in peril needy children who may have lost their diabetes medication, our veterans going without pay, the important reinstatement of our national flood insurance program, which has reforms to FEMA that will help our local business community and our individuals who were devastated by floods not just in 2011, two in 2013 and twice this year with the flooding problems we have had,” Tenney said.

Tenney introduced a bill in the House that would prohibit paying members of Congress during a shutdown.

The donations came after Tenney was criticized by Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica), who is running against her this year, for saying that the looming government shutdown was “drama over nothing” and “the government shuts down every evening.”

“Ms. Tenney saying a federal government shut down is ‘drama over nothing’ shows how out of touch she is,” said a statement on the Brindisi for Congress Facebook page. “While Ms. Tenney will still get her paycheck during the shutdown, the Small Business Administration will stop processing new small business loans, Social Security field offices will be forced to stop several of their activities, and some military families won’t be getting the benefits they are entitled to.”

Tenney told WRVO that she was saying the idea of a total government shutdown was dramatic because essential services like the military did not close during the event.

One thought on “NY Congressmember Donates Shutdown Pay, Saying It Was ‘Drama Over Nothing’

  1. WSKG: Good radio broadcasting, and nice welcome presentation here with timely and local relevance. My food stamps have been reduced thus my local spending is reduced. In this and many ways Federal spending and servicing is partly shutting down domestically while continuing to send dollars into foreign circulation through the military bases everywhere. Strangling domestic spending will kill the economy, reduce Federal revenue, deepen the deficit, increase borrowing, raise interest rates, hamper the world economy and thus put the Dow in decline. Higher interest rates and inflation is crazy to want. Something is very wrong. Statistics here as credible as China’s. Fed budget is a great big deal! Slow-mo shuting down is ongoing. When county sales tax reciepts grow I will believe the growth claims.

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