|Loebsack: Congress Once Again Skirts Responsibility to American People|
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|Written by Joe Hand|
|Monday, 11 June 2012 08:31|
Majority passes funding bill with no cut to Congressional office budgets
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement after House Republicans passed legislation to provide funds for Congress in FY 2013 that did not include a reduction in member office budgets. Loebsack voted to cut Members’ of Congress’ budgets in both FY 2011 and FY 2012. Members of Congress’ budgets were cut by 13.5 percent over those two years.
“Once again, the House majority missed an opportunity to do its part to have a personal stake in our nation’s recovery and help reduce the budget. I have voted in the past to cut the budget to congressional offices because it was simply the right thing to do. When families and small businesses are making tough decisions about their finances, it is important that Congress do the same thing. Unfortunately the House Majority declined to make the same sacrifices in this year’s bill that families and employers across Iowa are making every day.”
Since coming into office, Loebsack has set out to change the culture of Washington. He has worked to pass the biggest ethics reform since Watergate, ended insider trading by members and helped get Congress’ own fiscal house in order.
He has also pushed to cut member’s pay, which hasn’t been done in 77 years, end the revolving door between lobbyists and Congress, get budgets passed on time, and fought to hold members of Congress accountable for actually doing what they were sent to Washington to do.
Additional information on Loebsack’s work is included below.
Loebsack’s Work to Ensure Members of Congress Have a Personal Stake in the Nation’s Recovery
No Budget, No Pay
Loebsack was the second Member of Congress to cosponsor the No Budget, No Pay Act. This bill would stop Members of Congress’ pay if a budget is not enacted on time. Members of Congress would not receive this pay retroactively; it would be permanently cut. Given Washington’s track record of partisan gridlock, measures must be put in place to ensure Congress does its job. If Congress doesn’t do its job, it shouldn’t get paid.
Stop the Revolving Door
Loebsack was the second Member of Congress and first Democrat to co-sponsor the Stop the Revolving Door in Washington Act, which would more than double the length of the lobbying ban for former Members of Congress. However, he supports going even farther and was the first Member of Congress to co-sponsor legislation, HR 3491, that would impose a lifetime ban on lobbying by former Members of Congress. Violators of the ban would be subject to penalties of up to $50,000 in fines and a year in prison.
End Insider Trading by Members of Congress
Cut Congressional Pay
Shrink Congress’ Budget
Raise Age Congress Can Draw Pensions
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