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

Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyChina’s Uighur abuse augurs poorly for world State Dept halts cooperation with UN probes into potential US human rights violations: report The Memo: Romney moves stir worries in Trump World 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 TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values 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 PelosiElise Stefanik seeks to tackle GOP’s women ‘crisis’ ahead of 2020 Our legislators must commit to making children a priority Dreamer: Dems 'should absolutely not' take Trump's immigration deal MORE (D-Calif.) has said this week the Democrats would offer “nothing for the wall.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies Senate GOP eyes 'nuclear option' for Trump nominees next week Taiwan’s President Tsai should be invited to address Congress MORE (R-Ky.) has said he would not bring any spending bill to the floor that Trump would veto.