This is fantastic! It is exactly the type of thing Conservative Republicans should be doing. Well done, Rep. Ron DeSantis for introducing this! Kudos to Trey Gowdy and the others for co-sponsoring the bill as well. Ending pensions for Congress members is a good place to start cutting the debt and you are right, the Founding Fathers envisioned elected officials as part of a servant class, not the ruling class they have purposefully evolved into out of greed and corruption. This would set a tremendous example for others and start us on a path to getting our house in order.
From BizPac Review:
A Florida Republican wants to cut budgets and Congress down to size with controversial new legislation, the “End Pensions in Congress Act.”
“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,” Rep. Ron DeSantis said, according to a statement released in January.
There’s been no word if lawmaker jaws hit the floor when the “End Pensions in Congress Act” was first introduced, but it’s at least getting support. Six House Republicans are co-sponsoring the bill, including Rep. Trey Gowdy R-S.C., the Times reported.
Congressmen and senators are eligible for a pension after five years of service at age 62. Those who’ve served 20 years or more have the luxury of drawing pensions at 50, according to the Congressional Research Service.
The Times reported that 617 retired members currently receive federal pensions with average payments between $42,048 and $71,664 a year.
Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky, said any amount of taxpayer-bankrolled pension is too much.
“If congressmen want to save for retirement, they should do so with 401K-type plans, rather than rely on taxpayers to take care of them even after leaving Congress. To tackle out-of-control federal spending, Congress must lead by example,” Massie said.
DeSantis, who authored the proposal, cited the greatest example of all.
“The Founding Fathers envisioned elected officials as part of a servant class, yet Washington has evolved into a ruling class culture,” DeSantis said.
I can just imagine the incredulous looks on the countenances of those in Congress as this was proposed. I’ll bet faces were red and there was droolage. No more free money once leaving those halls of power. They’ll actually have to save for retirement like everyone else (although most can’t even do that, thanks to Obama), or go to (gasp!) work once they leave office – you know, get a real job. I applaud these gentlemen. You have restored a bit of faith in our leaders for me and America today.
Yeah well, it may have restored your faith in our leaders, but I’ll believe it when I see it put into effect.
It is about stinking time this happened and it is a step in the right direction, but they still have a long way to go to impress me.
It’s not surprising that Trey Gowdy is a sponsor. Reps. Rod Blum (IA-01), Thomas Massie (KY-04), Mick Mulvaney (SC-05) and Reid Ribble (WI-08) are the other original cosponsors.
Click here to read DeSantis’ statement which includes this remark by Massie: “When I took office, I declined a congressional pension because Members of Congress shouldn’t be given special treatment.”
Maybe, I’m just a little bit impressed. How about you?