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GOP Rep Apologizes For 'Shameful' Remarks, Asks To Have Salary Withheld

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"Dang straight," he said when asked if he would claim his salary, citing his "nice house" and "a kid in college" as expenses.

Terry called his own remarks "shameful."

“The other day I made a statement that I would put my needs above others in crisis,” the Nebraska Republican said in a statement, as quoted by the World-Herald. “I'm ashamed of my comments. It was not leadership. It is not how I was raised. It is not the nature of my character. It is not what I want to teach my sons. I apologize for my hurtful remarks when so many others are feeling the pain of Washington's dysfunction.”

“I should and will stand in the shoes of the federal civilian employees who are furloughed,” he added. “We share the same responsibilities to pay our bills, and if they don't receive a paycheck and must take extraordinary efforts and sacrifice to pay them, then I should, too.”