EAST MOLINE - Last October, when the federal government shut down, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) wrote the Chief Administrative Officer that she wanted to forego her congressional salary during the shut down.
Now the CAO says all members of Congress received their pay in full, including Bustos. Her Republican opponent Bobby Schilling called on Ms. Bustos to clear up any misunderstandings - was she or was she not fully compensated during the government shutdown?
"At best, Congresswoman Bustos misled the media into thinking she was giving back her pay, and then she failed to correct the record. At worst, she was downright dishonest. This is not the first time Congresswoman Bustos has misled the media, and it surely won't be the last," Schilling campaign spokesman Jon Schweppe said Monday.
Counter to Bustos' pay pocketing, Schilling rejected the congressional health care plan and the pension plan, Schweppe said. He also voted against pay increases and cut his office budget by 10 percent.
"What has Congresswoman Bustos done? She promised to forego her pay during the government shutdown, and then she quietly accepted it anyway, hoping that nobody would notice," Schweppe said.
Despite all references to the pay refusal being removed from Bustos' website and Facebook page, this tweet remained Monday morning from October 2, 2013: