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.”
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., walks on Broadway after a Future Forum with young entrepreneurs in the Flatiron District of New York City, April 16, 2015. Reps. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and Grace Meng, D-N.Y., also attended.