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

Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyPentagon sends B-52 bombers to Europe for exercises amid tensions with Russia Overnight Health Care: Trump officials sued over Medicaid work requirements in New Hampshire | Analysis contradicts HHS claims on Arkansas Medicaid changes | Azar signals HHS won't back down on e-cigs 40 years of Iranian threats against Israel and few pay any attention 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.


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. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Trump officials heading to China for trade talks next week Showdown looms over Mueller report MORE has demanded that more than $5 billion for a border wall be included in any spending legislation to reopen the government.

However, Speaker-designate Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPelosi, Dems plot strategy after end of Mueller probe Coons after Russia probe: House Dems need to use power in 'focused and responsible way' Trump, Congress brace for Mueller findings MORE (D-Calif.) has said this week the Democrats would offer “nothing for the wall.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellConservatives wage assault on Mueller report Overnight Energy: Interior reverses decision at heart of Zinke criminal probe | Dem divisions deepen over approach to climate change | GM to add 400 workers to build electric cars Trump: Green New Deal 'the most preposterous thing' and 'easy to beat' MORE (R-Ky.) has said he would not bring any spending bill to the floor that Trump would veto.