What the Obama administration said: At a press conference in March, President Obama said, "All the folks who are cleaning the floors at the Capitol — now that Congress has left, somebody is going to be vacuuming and cleaning those floors and throwing out the garbage — they're going to have less pay." The president continued, adding, "the janitors, the security guards, they just got a pay cut, and they've got to figure out how to manage that. That's real."
What actually happened: Right after the president spoke back in March, the superintendent of the U.S. Capitol Building and the Capitol Visitors Center, Carlos Elias, was forced to email his employees to tell them it was not true, according to CBS News.
"The pay and benefits of EACH of our employees WILL NOT be impacted," he wrote to Capitol staffers. "I request that you please notify all of our employees about the importance of ignoring media reports."
A White House spokesman, Bobby Whithorne, told BuzzFeed back in March
that the president was discussing overtime pay.
"If you receive income from hourly overtime work and they cut your overtime, you're going to get paid less. As the president said, 'They're going to have less pay.' Folks who are getting paid hourly aren't breaking up their paycheck to say, well, technically this portion of my paycheck came from my overtime pay, so I'm not going to actually count that toward my income. They rely on that overtime, and they pay their bills with that income."