As U.S. leaders try to tackle our national debt, a Representative from Southwest Virginia says the savings should start with members of Congress, the Vice President, and President.
Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) recently introduced a bill they co-sponsored called the "Savings Starts with Us Act." It would cut pay for all members of Congress, the Vice President, and President by 10 percent.
According to the Congressional Research Office, most members of the Senate and House earn $174,000 a year. The Speaker of the House makes $223,500 a year, while the Senate President Pro Tempore, Senate Majority and Minority Leaders, and House Majority and Minority Leaders rake in $193,400 a year.
The Vice President earns $230,700 a year and the President makes $400,000 a year.
Both Griffith and Herrera Buetler introduced similar proposals in 2011, but neither made it out of committee.
"As discussions continue about securing the American dream for future generations and resolving America's debt and deficit problem, lawmakers can lead by example," Griffith said in a statement. "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."
The bill (H.R. 391) has been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Administration Committee.