Hoyer said members of Congress “fiddle while America faces a sequester burn.”
Some Republicans who voted “no” framed it in terms of security. “The CIA, literally, the people who were in Benghazi, are they going to have their pay frozen?” asked New York Republican Peter T. King of those on the ground during the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya last fall. “That’s the wrong signal to send.”
Republican Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo of New Jersey said his work on the Intelligence Committee over the past year had made an impression on him.
“The information that I continue to receive makes me more aware all the time of the great threat the United States is under and the extraordinary risks men and women are taking on behalf of all the rest of us,” he said. “We can’t be paying them enough for what they’re doing as it is.”
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.