On CNN this Monday, host Ashleigh Banfield put two GOP representatives on the spot, asking if they’d forgo their paychecks in the event of a government shutdown.
During the segment, Banfield directly asked Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) how much they’d be willing to sacrifice to show solidarity with the American people in case a shutdown actually happened.
“So you are both paid $174,000 a year, and that is the salary,” Banfield started out. “Would you be prepared to add some rider or amendment on to a continuing resolution that would take you out of the essential services category and stop payment on your paychecks in order to get a continuing resolution through?”
After a long pause, the two awkwardly tried to direct the conversation to a different topic, but the CNN host didn’t let them off that easily.
Watch the exchange in the video below.