Legislation Introduced to Cut Back Congressional Pay

Reps. Ami Bera (D-CA) and Ron DeSantis (R-FL) have introduced a bill known as the Sequestration of Pay for Members of Congress Act, which would reduce pay for members of Congress by 8.2%.

Unfortunately, the law wouldn’t affect any members of Congress until November 2014 to avoid a conflict with the 27th Amendment. Under the Amendment, Congress cannot make any law that immediately affects its own pay. Instead, changes to member pay can only take effect in the next session of Congress.

Rep. DeSantis explained the move by saying, Much has been said about sequestration, but few have mentioned that the pay of Members of Congress is exempted. When Members exempt themselves from the operation of the law, it’s not only unfair, but it also violates a core principle of republican government. That is why I am introducing legislation to reduce pay for Members of Congress at the first moment it is constitutionally permissible.

The decision to cut 8.2% is because that it is the amount the Office of Management and Budget estimates nonexempt discretionary spending will be cut this year due to the across-the board spending cuts of sequestration.

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