Washington is a mess and Congresswoman Judy Biggert has become part of the problem by rewarding herself even though she admitted to making a mistake and supporting an agenda in Congress that spent too much. While Congresswoman Biggert voted for drastic cuts to scientific research, national laboratory budgets, and even Medicare, she voted to give herself a raise nine times and protected tax breaks and perks for billionaires and the special interests who bankroll her campaigns. As a scientist and businessman, Bill Foster knows how to budget responsibly, and bad budget decisions in Washington just don't make sense.
Flashback 1999: Over the past 13 years, Congresswoman Biggert has voted nine times to support raising Congressional salaries, accepting a total of $37,300 in pay raises since taking office. The first of these votes was taken in July of 1999. Subsequent votes were taken in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.
"Congress has a failing grade when it comes to the middle class, but even after supporting policies that failed to create jobs in Illinois Congresswoman Biggert voted to give herself a raise -- nine times," said Bill Foster. "Washington is broken, but Congresswoman Biggert has become part of the problem by looking out for herself and the Wall Street and corporate special interests who bankroll her campaigns and who have a front row seat with her in office.
"As a scientist and businessman, I've always focused on problem-solving and we need people in Washington who will put aside their personal financial concerns and work towards common-sense solutions to put the middle class first."