Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) said Thursday that furloughed federal workers shouldn’t get back pay once the government shutdown ends, even though he voted for a bill to provide it less than a week ago.
Yoho’s comments came during a virtual town hall meeting, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Yoho was posed the question by a caller.
“The people that had to work should be paid,” the caller said. “But the people that are home watching Netflix and whatever, I’m not sure that we should be sending them checks.”
“Well, when we voted on that they were supposed to come back to work as part of that deal,” Yoho replied. “I agree 100 percent with you. If they’re not working, they shouldn’t get paid.”
The House unanimously voted Saturday to provide back pay to furloughed workers. Yoho was one of the 407 ‘yea’ votes. The White House has said President Obama would sign the bill.