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A tea party Republican lawmaker said he didnâ€™t think some furloughed workers should receive back pay, even though he voted last week to authorize it.
Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) said Thursday evening during a telephone town hall that he agreed with a caller who said furloughed federal employees who work should be paid, but not those who â€śare home watching Netflix or whatever.â€ť
â€śWell, when we voted on that they were supposed to come back to work as part of that deal,â€ť Yoho said. â€śI agree 100 percent with you. If theyâ€™re not working, they shouldnâ€™t get paid.â€ť
The former large-animal veterinarian from Gainesville voted Saturday with other House members to unanimously approve retroactive pay for all federal workers, although Senate Democrats want the measure to be included in a comprehensive budget package that does not delay or defund the Affordable Care Act.
Yoho also defended his comments on raising the debt ceiling, blaming the liberal media for suggesting that a failure to lift the debt limit would bring turmoil â€” not stability â€” to world markets.
â€śItâ€™s just an uphill battle we have to fight,â€ť said Yoho, adding that the media liked to poke fun at him. â€śGood thing a lot of us are Christians.â€ť