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.”

Twenty-eight freshman and veteran lawmakers have signed on to Rep. DeSantis’ bill, H.R. 273, which overturns an executive order issued by President Obama implementing an across-the-board pay hike that will cost taxpayers $11 billion in new spending over ten years.

“The President has once again demonstrated his penchant for unrestrained spending by giving federal employees, including lawmakers, an across-the-board pay hike and sticking the rest of us with the $11 billion bill,” said Rep. DeSantis. “At a time when spending is out of control and the average federal worker compensation is nearly double the median U.S. household income of just over $50,000 per year, we simply cannot afford this unnecessary and unilateral action by the President.”

With the debate over spending heating up, Rep. DeSantis has pledged to be an agent for conservative change and limited government. Earlier this week, he joined the Fix Congress Now caucus and announced he will co-sponsor No Budget, No Pay legislation which prevents lawmakers from being paid if they don’t pass a budget.

“We’re in a battle against a government that is growing larger and more costly by the day and a Congress that is broken. Just like American families, the federal government needs to tighten its belt, and my actions this week are just the first steps in bringing accountability, reduced spending and conservative change to Washington.”