August XXIXth, MMXV
Hon. Dave Eggen, B. Ed., MLA, Minister of Education, New Democratic, Edmonton-Calder
As we invoke the spirit of the late & great singer John Denver and his West Virginia country roads, we at Executive Dissertations are showing Senator Joe Manchin of The Mountain State of West Virginia in a photograph sitting on the floor of the United States House of Representatives which is acceptable as it is still a House of Congress. Plus, during State of the Union Addresses by President's & other occasions, joint sessions are held in the House Chamber of all of the congressional members, some CCCCXXXV (435) for the House & C (100) for the Senate. Ol' Joe was wondering why during a U.S. government shutdown due to a lack of money that elected representatives get paid while students & their families have to suffer as wages & pensions are cut off. A reasonable question.
"While millions of American families will be impacted by a government shutdown-whether they are serving our country's military, whether someone in their family is furloughed-or whether they are unable to use critical government services-elected officials are the one group who will not be impacted. Just the opposite, in fact: we still get paid. How does that make any sense?"
Source: Senator Joe Manchin, Class 1, Democratic-West Virginia.