U.S. Representative Daniel Webster (FL-08) issued the following statement in support of legislation scheduled for a vote this evening to reduce federal spending and change the way business is done in Washington:
"Since Central Floridians granted me the privilege of serving them in Congress, I have fought to change the way business is done and to finally show real respect on behalf of hardworking taxpayers. I took a series of personal actions that included cutting my salary to 2008 levels and returning nearly half a million dollars from my office budget to show that we can do more with less -- a sentiment that for too long has been scoffed at in our nation's capital.
"Today, we are voting on two important initiatives that help strengthen this belief. The first, H.R. 3835, takes the advice of the President's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (Simpson-Bowles) and extends the freeze on federal worker pay for one more year, saving over $26 billion. Earlier this week, the Congressional Budget Office released an analysis showing federal workers are compensated at a rate 16 percent higher than private sector employees. While millions of Americans struggle with stagnant wages and part time jobs, I believe that it is irresponsible for this Administration to consider giving federal employees a wage increase. H.R. 3835 also freezes the salaries of Members of Congress for one year.
"The second initiative, H. Res. 496, also forces the federal government to tighten its belt. This resolution authorizes a 6.4 percent cut in House committee budgets; an additional cut to the original five percent cut that I supported last year.
"As American families continue to cut their budgets in order to make ends meet, Washington must do the same," said Representative Webster.
H.R. 3835, sponsored by Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) and H. Res 496, sponsored by Chairman Dan Lungren (R-CA) are scheduled for a vote this evening and will have Congressman Webster's support.