Nikki Haley: No member of Congress should be paid during shutdown

Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyFederal watchdog recommends Conway be removed from role for Hatch Act violations Federal watchdog recommends Conway be removed from role for Hatch Act violations Pavlich: Debunking common smear against pro-life movement MORE said Thursday that no member of Congress should be paid while parts of the government remain shut down. 

The comments, via tweet, come as hundreds of thousands of federal workers have either been furloughed or forced to work without pay as the shutdown enters its 13th day.

“Today the new Congress takes office. No member should get paid while the government is shut down and border security is not funded. #DoYourJob ,” Haley, who also served as South Carolina governor, tweeted.

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Approximately 25 percent of the government shut down on Dec. 22, including the Departments of Agriculture, Treasury, Commerce, Justice, Interior and State.

The Department of Homeland Security is also shut though many employees have been deemed essential and are working without pay.

The 116th Congress is being inaugurated Thursday, ushering in a divided government as Democrats take control of the House of Representatives.

Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill are currently negotiating with the White House on a spending bill to fully reopen the government, but talks thus far have failed to produce a deal. 

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