As the shutdown stretches into its fourth week, GOP Senators are barely trying to conceal the fact that the hundreds of stories of furloughed workers struggling to make ends meet — selling their personal items, facing eviction, and dipping into their kids’ college funds — just aren’t enough to convince them to act to reopen the government.
Here are a few callous excuses from Senate Republicans desperate to avoid confronting the harmful impacts of their shutdown:
Martha McSally (AZ): *crickets*
David Perdue (GA): “Leverage”
Joni Ernst (IA): “Yes I am taking a paycheck”
Shelley Moore Capito (WV): “I don’t know that we have reached [the breaking point]”
Bill Cassidy (LA): “Can’t avoid [shutdown impact]”