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? Congress shouldn't receive taxpayer-funded perks.

Congress has to lead by example and earn the trust of the American people by ending pensions for members of Congress.

That is why I introduced H.R. 322, 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 have declined my taxpayer-subsidized congressional pension and health care plans.