January 30, 2013
I place a high
priority on working on issues that matter to Utah
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.
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.
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
4th District of Utah