Just after midnight Tuesday, with the federal government shut down for the first time since 1996, freshman Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, released a statement saying that he will not furlough any of his staff members and will return his own pay to offset the cost.
Here is his statement:
“Unfortunately we find ourselves in the worst case scenario of a government shutdown. There were many attempts to avoid this outcome, but this administration and Senate leadership refused to listen to the American people and come to a responsible agreement.
“As a business owner, you are always the last to get paid. In the case of a government shutdown, I will operate no different. All of my team members will be deemed essential and continue working in order to respond to the numerous calls we are receiving from our constituents. In order to off-set the cost of deeming each member of my team essential, I will return back to the treasury any of my pay received while the government is shut down.
“My team works diligently to represent Oklahoma’s Second Congressional District. We will operate under this course of action until a funding agreement is reached and the federal government is reopened.”