This is a beautiful idea that has been a long time coming. There is no reason for our political representatives to be paid like better than the majority of our population while also enjoying almost 100% coverage for all of their benefits (including healthcare, which our politicians don’t pay 1 plug nickel for – we cover them). We also pay for their travel and other incidentals they incur through their “work.”
Lastly, after we’ve fired them or they’ve retired, we pay them pensions so their retired years can be lived at ease.
Somewhere along the way we must have forgotten that these people are supposed to be professionals earning a living outside of Washington, D.C. (Except for losers like Harry Reid who spend their entire “working careers” as politicians… but he’s somehow rich now too…)
Well, now a group of conservative Congressman are looking to right this wrong by offering up a new bill that will END Congressional Pensions. Congressmen Ron DeSantis (R-FL) had this to say about his new bill on Facebook.
I do not believe that elected officials, especially members of Congress, should be given taxpayer-funded pensions. I declined my pension upon taking office, but I think this is something that needs to apply across the board. Today, I filed a bill to end pensions for members of Congress. I am happy to be joined in this effort by colleagues Congressman Thomas Massie, Trey Gowdy, Congressman Reid Ribble, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Congressman Rod Blum and Congressman Jim Bridenstine.
Here’s what his official press release said about the importance of this bill.
Rep. Ron DeSantis is continuing his mission to reform Washington in the 114th Congress by introducing the End Pensions in Congress (EPIC) Act today. This legislation would end pensions for all future Members of Congress as well as those currently serving who are not yet vested into the congressional retirement plan. DeSantis declined his pension when taking office, but believes pensions need to be discontinued across-the-board.
“The Founding Fathers envisioned elected officials as part of a servant class, yet Washington, DC has evolved into a ruling class culture,” DeSantis said. “Pensions for members of Congress represent an inappropriate use of taxpayer money, especially when the idea of a pension in the private sector is fast becoming a relic from a bygone era. How can Congress make private-sector employees pony up taxes to fund pensions for members of Congress when few of these taxpayers enjoy such benefits? As we begin this new Congress, we must focus on restoring accountability in Washington and this includes ending pensions for members of Congress.”
“When I took office, I declined a congressional pension because Members of Congress shouldn’t be given special treatment,” said Massie. “Our country is over $18 trillion in debt, yet congressmen receive special benefits unavailable to most in the private sector. If congressmen want to save for retirement, they should do so with 401(k)-type plans, rather than rely on taxpayers to take care of them even after leaving Congress. To tackle out-of-control federal spending, Congress must lead by example by ending defined-benefit pensions for Members of Congress.”
“I have said many, many times that Members of Congress should be treated more like ordinary American workers when it comes to compensation…and very few people these days get a pension,” Mulvaney said.
“Our political system was designed for Americans to be served by citizen legislators, not career politicians,” Ribble said. “In a time when pensions are no longer available to the vast majority of people working in the private sector, it is wrong to ask taxpayers to subsidize this benefit for politicians. Cutting pensions is a responsible step that should have been taken long ago.”
Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY), who is an original co-sponsor to this bill, chimed in on Facebook, cheering on DeSantis for his bold reform.
I am an original co-sponsor of Congressman Ron DeSantis‘ Ending Pensions in Congress (#EPIC) Act. This legislation would end pensions for all future Members of Congress as well as those currently serving who are not yet vested into the congressional retirement plan.
When I took office, I declined a congressional pension because Members of Congress shouldn’t be given special treatment. Our country is over $18 trillion in debt, yet congressmen receive special benefits unavailable to most in the private sector. If congressmen want to save for retirement, they should do so with 401(k)-type plans, rather than rely on taxpayers to take care of them even after leaving Congress. To tackle out-of-control federal spending, Congress must lead by example by ending defined-benefit pensions for Members of Congress.
Folks, I’ve said it before and I’m sure it will come up again. Ron DeSantis and Thomas Massie are the kinds of leaders we should be searching for, praying for, begging for. They aren’t looking out for their own best interest, but for the best interests of our nation. This isn’t about power, money or influence to them… it’s about restoring our freedom and our liberty. It’s about ensuring that future generations of Americans don’t have to learn about our “inalienable rights” from textbooks… because we’ll have safeguarded those rights for them.
Call your representatives and demand that they join the fight and support the Ending Pensions in Congress (EPIC) Act!