House Administration member Rich Nugent said he would designate three of the eight employees in his office in the Longworth Building as essential. The Florida Republican’s Brooksville, Fla., office, which usually has seven staffers, would also operate with three employees in a shutdown.
“We’re going to have a skeleton crew here and in the district office,” Nugent said.
But Democrats including Moran, Dicks and House Administration ranking member Robert Brady (Pa.) said they would not furlough any of their committee or district staff, and Republicans such as House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (Calif.) and former Appropriations Chairman Bill Young (Fla.) have said the same.
Oversight and Government Reform ranking member Elijah Cummings said his committee staff is already “outnumbered 2-to-1” by Issa’s staff.
“For us to be the position where we walk in with a skeleton staff and he’s got an entire staff, that creates a problem,” the Maryland Democrat said. “I can’t put my folks in a position where we cannot properly address the issues we need to address.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.