13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
North Bay Rep. Jared Huffman and East Bay Rep. Barbara Lee wants to punish two of President Donald Trump’s top aides where it hurts–in the checkbook. Huffman and Lee introduced an amendment Friday to a government spending bill that would cut off the salaries of Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka.
Along with former National Security Advisor Steve Bannon, Lee, for one, has strongly opposed each for what she believes is anti-immigrant and racist policies.
“Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller have long embraced the views of white supremacists, white nationalists and Neo-Nazis,” Lee said on Aug. 15. “These prejudiced ideologies have no place in the highest office in our land. I urge President Trump to remove Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka from the White House without delay.”
But two-thirds of the trio appear to be doing Huffiman and Lee’s work for them.
Earlier this month Bannon resigned and rejoined Breitbart News and just as Huffman and Lee’s amendment was introduced, Gorka also resigned.
While Lee applauded Bannon’s removal from the White House, she told The Hill on Friday, “Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller’s continued presence in the West Wing ensure that Steve Bannon’s sick ideology will persist in this Administration. Now is the time for Congress to take a clear stand against hate and refuse to authorize salaries of White House officials who embrace the views of white supremacists, white nationalists and Neo-Nazis.”
Miller earns $179,700 a year serving as the assistant to the president, according to records. Gorka, before resigning received $155,000 as deputy assistant to the president.
A deeply partisan amendment such as the one introduced by Huffman and Lee faces a difficult road for inclusion with a Republican House majority. The matter is scheduled for discussion next week.