Spending Cuts and Debt
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This bill fails to reform an unaccountable government, increases spending by tens of billions, and solely targets retired military personnel – the one group of Americans who have given the most to our country – for negative treatment. We can do much better for American taxpayers and veterans.
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL-06) and Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA-7) today introduced bipartisan legislation to sequester congressional pay. The “Sequestration of Pay for Members of Congress Act” will reduce pay for Members of Congress by 8.2 percent. This is the same amount the Office of Management and Budget estimates nonexempt discretionary spending will be cut this year due to sequestration.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. DeSantis’ (FL-06) first piece of legislation, H.R. 273, passed the U.S. House of Representatives in a bipartisan 261 – 154 vote, with 43 Democrats voting for the bill. H.R. 273, also known as the federal pay freeze bill, overturns an executive order issued by President Obama which implements an across-the-board pay hike for non-military federal employees, including Members of Congress, members of the President’s cabinet and even the Vice President. The bill saves taxpayers $11 billion in new spending over 10 years.
By Congressman Ron DeSantis
Thursday, February 14
WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA GIVES HIS STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS THIS EVENING, WE CAN EXPECT HIM TO CLAIM THAT THE UNION IS STRONG.
WE WILL LIKELY SEE A SPEECH THAT IS RICH WITH INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGES INTENDED TO INVOKE SUPPORT FOR LIBERAL IDEAS.
By Rep. Ron DeSantis
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
When President Obama gives his State of the Union address tonight, he will almost assuredly claim that the union is strong. He will likely invoke the many positive characteristics of the American national character and might even recognize a guest in the gallery who possesses an inspirational story.
Washington, D.C. – Rep. DeSantis today issued the following statement about his vote for No Budget, No Pay:
Continuing his crusade to clean up Washington, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today introduced a bill to freeze pay for federal employees and extend a freeze on pay for Members of Congress.
“American families are tightening their belts; Members of Congress and the federal government must do the same. Especially when Congress hasn’t been able to get spending under control or pass a budget in over 1350 days,” said Rep. DeSantis. “My first piece of legislation tackles Congress and our bloated federal government head-on by freezing pay.”
How many Americans could stop doing their job and still receive a regular paycheck? Probably not very many — unless you are a member of the U.S. Congress.
Even though Congress is mandated by law to pass a budget, the U.S. Senate has not passed a budget in more than 1,350 days. Lawmakers here in Washington have neglected to carry out their legal responsibilities, yet they continue to receive both the pay and perquisites of office.
This is not right and is not consistent with what the Founding Fathers intended.