Blocking Congressional Pay Raise

Congressman Jim Matheson
2013-01-30 14:54:30
Congressman Jim Matheson, 2nd Congressional District of Utah Dear Friend, I place a high priority on working on issues that matter to Utah families.� In the past weeks and months, I have heard from many Utahns about the critical importance of getting our fiscal house in order, limiting spending, and making sure everyone shares in the sacrifice it will take to gain control over our federal budget.� With this in mind, the first pieces of legislation I sponsored this year makes sure that Members of Congress play by the same rules as every American as we dig out of debt and deficit spending.� In response to a recent Presidential Executive Order granting a pay increase to Members of Congress, I joined my Republican colleague, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick from Pennsylvania, to introduce a bipartisan solution to block any Congressional pay raise.�Specifically, our legislation, the Fitzpatrick � Matheson bill, would bar Members of Congress from receiving any pay increase over the course of this Congress.� I also reintroduced a bill I have championed each session of Congress, which requires an up-or-down vote on any increases to pay for Member of Congress.� For too long, changes in pay have happened automatically, without any discussion or vote.� I believe representatives should have to face the same type of review as any worker, one where increases in salary are based on performance.� In times like this, where our government has not balanced its budget, and Congress needs to work together to address this and other important issues, it is not the time for any member to receive a raise.� I am constantly looking for issues that matter to Utah families like yours that I am honored to represent. �If there are topics, like balancing our budget and controlling spending, which matter to you, please let me know.� I value your ideas and I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, [image = matheson.congressnewsletter.net/images/user_images/JM_signature.gif] U.S. Representative 4th District of Utah � Tell a Friend* Survey/Question [survey]
January 30, 2013

Dear Friend,

I place a high priority on working on issues that matter to Utah families. 

In the past weeks and months, I have heard from many Utahns about the critical importance of getting our fiscal house in order, limiting spending, and making sure everyone shares in the sacrifice it will take to gain control over our federal budget. 

With this in mind, the first pieces of legislation I sponsored this year makes sure that Members of Congress play by the same rules as every American as we dig out of debt and deficit spending. 

In response to a recent Presidential Executive Order granting a pay increase to Members of Congress, I joined my Republican colleague, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick from Pennsylvania, to introduce a bipartisan solution to block any Congressional pay raise. Specifically, our legislation, the Fitzpatrick � Matheson bill, would bar Members of Congress from receiving any pay increase over the course of this Congress. 

I also reintroduced a bill I have championed each session of Congress, which requires an up-or-down vote on any increases to pay for Member of Congress.  For too long, changes in pay have happened automatically, without any discussion or vote.  I believe representatives should have to face the same type of review as any worker, one where increases in salary are based on performance.  In times like this, where our government has not balanced its budget, and Congress needs to work together to address this and other important issues, it is not the time for any member to receive a raise. 

I am constantly looking for issues that matter to Utah families like yours that I am honored to represent.  If there are topics, like balancing our budget and controlling spending, which matter to you, please let me know.  I value your ideas and I look forward to hearing from you.


Sincerely,

U.S. Representative
4th District of Utah
 

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