Congressman Paul Gosar D.D.S (R-AZ), issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed several bills today that will save taxpayer dollars and reform how the federal government spends money. The two bills each help taxpayers.
One bill, H.R. 3835, continues a pay freeze for Members of Congress and federal employees. The other bill, H.R. 3567, the Welfare Integrity Now for Children and Families Act of 2011, prohibits the use of government welfare money to be spent on strippers, gambling and booze. Currently, under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, welfare recipients apparently were allowed to spend government money at strip clubs, casinos, and liquor stores. "Banning the use of welfare money for strippers and whiskey seems like a long overdue common sense reform. You would have thought this would have passed by unanimous consent."
Regarding the bill to freeze federal employee pay, Gosar explained that the Congressional Budget Office "determined that pay for federal workers is 16 percent higher than their counterparts in the private sector. This is wrong. Public service is not about killing the private sector. Government employees should not make more than the private sector. To make matters worse, the private sector is paying for those federal employees to live large. I am happy we voted to stop this."