Roe comments on shutdown, while Democrat leader urges GOP to 'stop paying themselves'

Tennessee Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN) released a statement Tuesday about the shutdown of the federal government that went into effect at midnight.

Roe's full statement

"WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement on the government shutdown:

"Late yesterday evening, I supported legislation for the third time to fund the government and avert a government shutdown. Unfortunately, the Democratic-controlled Senate voted to shut the government down by choosing to give Members of Congress special treatment from Obamacare. I remain committed to ending this government shutdown and fighting to protect the American people from Obamacare.

"Early this morning, the House made a reasonable request to sit down and hash out our differences as quickly as possible. It's time for the Senate to join us at the negotiating table to achieve fairness for all.

"Even though the federal government is closed our staff will be here to help constituents however we can and to make sure that when the government reopens they can get help expeditiously."

Meanwhile, Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron called on members of Congress to 'stop paying themselves' during the shutdown.

Herron's full statement

"NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron today called on Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Congressmen Stephen Fincher and Scott DesJarlais and other Republicans who shut down government to stop paying themselves.

"Congressional Republicans are cutting off the pay of almost a million U.S. workers, but continue to pay the least productive, most wasteful, least efficient and highly paid federal employees -- themselves," Herron said. "Because Congressional Republicans refuse to do their work, federal workers cannot do our work."

On Monday, CNN host Ashleigh Banfield confronted U.S. Rep. Blackburn and another Republican Congressman, asking if they would forgo their $174,000 salary while other federal employees are being denied pay because of the government shutdown. Blackburn refused to answer and still has not answered.

Blackburn's comment comes on the heels of her Tennessee Republican colleague U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher's controversial quoting of the Bible when arguing against food stamps.

Herron said, "Why should the politicians pay themselves for refusing to take care of business while denying others' paychecks for taking care of the people's business? Congresswoman Blackburn has so far refused to say whether she will stop her pay, but Congressman Fincher has quoted 2 Thessalonians 3:10 and told her what she and he should do: 'Anyone unwilling to work should not eat.'"

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