The Founding Fathers envisioned elected officials as part of a servant class, yet Washington, DC has evolved into a ruling class culture. Pensions for members of Congress represent an inappropriate use of taxpayer money, especially when the idea of a pension in the private sector is fast becoming a relic from a bygone era. How can Congress make private-sector employees pony up taxes to fund pensions for members of Congress when few of these taxpayers enjoy such benefits?
One of my priorities has been restoring accountability in Washington - this includes ending pensions for members of Congress.
That is why I introduced the End Pensions in Congress Act. This legislation will end pensions for all future Members of Congress and those not yet vested into the congressional retirement plan.
I believe that Congress should abide by the laws they pass and not receive taxpayer-funded perks, I have declined my taxpayer-subsidized congressional pension and health care plans.
The End Pensions in Congress Act is part of a broader effort to reform our nation’s capital, as Congress must lead by example.
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