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Butterfield says restarting government is his focus

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Rep. G.K. Butterfield

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By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Friday, January 4, 2019

The lead up to Thursday’s first day of the 116th Congress saw various senators and representatives pledging to accept no pay while federal employees remain furloughed.

North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District representative said his focus is on getting people back to work.

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, who is beginning his eighth full term representing eastern North Carolina, did not answer a question about whether or not he would forfeit his pay during the shutdown.

“I remain focused on restoring full federal funding and reopening the government and helped pass legislation (on Thursday), in the first day of the 116th Congress, to reopen our government,” said the Democrat from Wilson.

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, whose 3rd Congressional District shares Pitt County with the 1st District, did not respond to questions about congressional pay or furlough of federal employees.

Butterfield said an estimated 7,000 federal employees in North Carolina have been furloughed or forced to work without pay during the partial government shutdown.

“Federal employees impacted by the shutdown are very worried about their situation, which is why Democratic Leadership in the House of Representatives passed legislation to reopen the government,” Butterfield said. “It is unfair and harmful that President Trump and Republicans have brought about this government shutdown over funding for immoral and ineffective border wall.”

Recipients of Social Security and Veteran’s Administration benefits continue to receive checks and assistance since both agencies are fully funded through Sept. 30, Butterfield said.

However, constituents are contacting his office about agencies whose funding has lapsed, such as national parks and museums.

Contact Ginger Livingston at glivingston@reflector.com or 252-329-9570. 

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