On Tuesday, October 1, the Albany Herald had reported that U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton, has signed onto the Government Shutdown Fairness Act (H.R. 3160), which would prohibit members of Congress from receiving a salary during a government shutdown.
Scott represents the Second Congressional District which encompasses over twenty counties in Central and South Georgia and include cities such as north Macon, Warner Robins, Valdosta, Tifton, Moultrie and Thomasville.
Scott resides in a district that has Robins Air Force Base. However, the two-term congressman has received criticism from some constituents about his handling and primarily the Republicans' role in allowing the government to shutdown which impact millions nationwide and thousands in the Central Georgia area.
The conservative Republican from Tifton responds by putting forward legislation that doesn't really address the real issues facing our region or the nation.
“It’s our duty as leaders in Washington to keep the government running,” said Scott. “The House has acted multiple times to keep the government open. Unfortunately, the Senate and the president’s refusal to negotiate has brought us to a government shutdown that is adversely impacting programs for veterans, seniors and many others."
Scott is part of a right-wing faction of the Republican Party which is exclusively responsible for shutting down the government in an effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act law which was passed three years ago.
Scott is a part of the Republican-dominated House of Representatives who have attempted to repeal 'Obamacare' over forty times in the past three years.
"Until the Senate comes to the table and works with House Republicans to find a solution to end this shutdown, I don’t believe members should get paid.”
President Barack Obama has been very clear that he wants a 'clean bill' and will veto efforts to defund or derail the Affordable Care Act.
Any "piecemeal" legislation offered by congressional Republicans that would selectively restore funding for national parks, veterans programs and the District of Columbia rather than a broad federal spending bill will be rejected by veto and representatives from the White House reiterated this on Tuesday.
"These piecemeal efforts are not serious, and they are no way to run a government," spokeswoman Amy Brundage said in a statement, noting that the White House wants the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to pass a bill that would continue funding the federal government without any unrelated policy measures attached.
"The president and the Senate have been clear that they won't accept this kind of game-playing, and if these bills were to come to the president's desk, he would veto them," she said.