Vitter Calls on Reid to Move Forward with Anti-Pay Raise Legislation
U.S. Sen. Vitter today sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid calling on him to move forward with anti-pay raise legislation.
"I believed the omnibus was the best vehicle for advancing this issue, but one day after I called for my anti-pay raise amendment to be considered during the omnibus debate, Senator Reid introduced a near carbon copy of my amendment as a stand-alone bill, unfortunately siphoning off votes from the amendment," said Vitter. "I now urge Senator Reid to move forward with an anti-pay raise bill - as he suggested during the omnibus debate - to turn Congressional pay raises off autopilot."
Since introducing his version of Vitter's amendment as a standalone bill, Sen. Reid has acquired 26 Senate co-sponsors, showing growing support to take action on ending Congress's formulaic and automatic pay raises for itself. Nineteen of Reid's cosponsors voted to table Vitter's amendment. If those cosponsors are added to the 45 votes in support of Vitter's amendment and against tabling, then 65 senators are now on record in support of ending automatic pay raises for Members of Congress.
"During these difficult economic times, it is outrageous that members of Congress provide themselves with an automatic pay raise every year - a benefit the vast majority of working Americans do not enjoy at their jobs," added Vitter. "I believe ending this practice is a very real and very visible way to show the American people we are serious about wanting to change the way Washington works."