Jaime Herrera Beutler today announced that she recently reintroduced the "Savings Starts With Us" Act -- a proposal that will save taxpayer money by reducing salaries of Members of Congress, the President and Vice President by ten percent. Joined by lead co-sponsor Congressman Morgan Griffith (Virginia), Jaime is continuing an effort she began during her first term in Congress.
"The debt is an issue that will affect families and individuals in very personal ways. We as elected officials should show that solving America's biggest challenge is personal to us, too," said Jaime. "We're past due for Congress and the White House to consider major reforms to our federal budget, but we can give those needed reforms a jumpstart by beginning with our own salaries. I look forward to working with Congressman Griffith to continue building support in Congress until we make this small but important reform a reality."
"As discussions continue about securing the American dream for future generations and resolving America's debt and deficit problem, lawmakers can lead by example," said Congressman Griffith. "On its own, the Savings Starts with Us Act may not eliminate the country's $16 trillion debt, but it could serve as one common-sense step out of the many that will be necessary to return the nation to fiscal stability. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Congresswoman Herrera Beutler in advancing this reasonable, responsible legislation."