The bill was introduced in January and referred to the Committee on House Administration and the Commitee on Oversight and Government Reform.
This is a no-brainer for every member of Congress. Republicans who want to cut government spending should be signing up by the droves. Democrats who always complain that more money is needed for all kinds of various programs and spending can lead by example by doing what they're always telling us to do - give their own funds to advance the needs of the "underserved" and "less fortunate."
Sadly, though, this bill currently has no co-sponsors. Not one!
Members of Congress: put your money where your mouth is!
Here is the text of the bill:
To provide for a 10 percent reduction in pay for Members of Congress.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. REDUCTION IN PAY FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS.
(a) Reduction- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the annual rate of pay for each Member of Congress shall be as follows:
(1) For pay periods during the period beginning October 1, 2011, and ending December 31, 2012, the applicable rate in effect as of the date of the enactment of this Act.
(2) For pay periods occurring during 2013, the applicable rate during the period described in paragraph (1) reduced by 10 percent, rounded to the nearest multiple of $100 (or, if midway between multiples of $100, to the next higher multiple of $100).
(3) For subsequent pay periods, the applicable rate during 2013, subject to adjustment under paragraph (2) of section 601(a) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 (2 U.S.C. 31(2)).
(b) Member of Congress Defined- For purposes of this Act, the term `Member of Congress' means an individual serving in a position under subparagraph (A), (B), or (C) of section 601(a) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 (2 U.S.C. 31).