Bergman Supports "Accountability for Congressional Pay Act"

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Washington, May 31, 2017 | comments

Washington – Last week, Congressman Jack Bergman (MI-1) joined Congressman Don Bacon (NE-2) and Congressman Mike Gallagher (WI-8) in introducing the Accountability for Congressional Pay Act, a measure that would directly link pay for Members of Congress to their ability to balance the budget.

This legislation would cut Members of Congress’ pay equal to the percentage of deficit spending in our federal budget. This pay cut will be up to 15 percent and will be implemented during each member’s following term, should that member get re-elected. Members serving their first term will not receive a pay cut.

“As Members of Congress, we owe a fiduciary responsibility to the American people,” Bergman said. “The ACP Act increases Congressional accountability by tying Member compensation directly to the rate of success we have when it comes to reining in out-of-control government spending. There has to be skin in the game for all of us. We’re on the edge of a fiscal crisis, and it’s time for us to stop being irresponsible with other people’s money. That’s why this legislation is so essential, and I’m proud to join my colleagues in supporting it.”

Representative Bergman Represents Michigan’s First District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the Budget and Natural Resources Committees and as Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. 

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