Representative Kevin Yoder has continued his efforts to reform Congress and, leading by action, introduced the "Congressional Salary Reduction Act", legislation that will cut the salaries of Members of Congress. The bill, H.R. 4399, has been introduced in both the Committee on House Administration as well as the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and would reduce Congressional salaries by 5 percent, as well as eliminate the automatic cost-of-living adjustments that members of Congress receive annually.
"People are fed up with the inability of Congress to work together and pass meaningful legislation to solve our country's serious problems. With a record national debt approaching sixteen trillion dollars, Congress needs a wake-up call," stated Rep. Kevin Yoder. "I've been serious about getting our financial house in order since I was given the opportunity to serve in Congress. Cutting Congressional pay is a small dent but I'm hopeful my colleagues will wake up to the fact that we need more leadership on serious issues and much less chatter about them."
Earlier this year, Congressman Yoder released a separate Congressional Reform Package that included the STOCK Act, allowing Members to opt out of the Congressional pension system and letting Members of Congress return unused office funds to help pay down the federal debt. The STOCK Act was signed into law by the president earlier this year and the other provisions in Rep. Yoder's Congressional Reform Package already enjoy broad bipartisan support.
Congressman Yoder's bill mirrors similar legislation that was introduced by former Representative Gabrielle Giffords prior to the tragic shooting in Tucson, AZ in January 2011. More information about Congressman Yoder's Congressional Reform Package can be found online at www.Yoder.house.gov