Rigell Backs Bill to Tie Member Pay to Debt Default

Office of U.S. Congressman Scott Rigell
2013-05-09 11:56:41
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Rigell Backs Bill to Tie Member Pay to Debt Default
On Washington's fiscal gamemanship: 'I'm over it'

Washington, D.C. - Consistent with his efforts to right our country’s finances, reform Congress, and lead by example, today Congressman Scott Rigell (VA-02) cosponsored H.R. 1884 the ‘Stop Pay for Members’ Act, bipartisan legislation that would stop congressional pay if the United States defaults on the national debt. The bill would also prevent retroactive pay.

“Our debt threatens the very foundation of our Republic. Washington has been playing too close to the train tracks with our national credit rating, and frankly, I’m over it,” said Rigell, a fiscal conservative who has spent much of his time in Washington trying to put the nation on a sound fiscal path. “It’s time to hold Washington politicians accountable for this fiscal mess.”

Rigell is also a co-sponsor of the ‘No Budget, No Pay’ Act which prevents Members of Congress from receiving pay for each day they fail to pass a Budget and all Appropriations bills after Oct. 1st, and earlier this year introduced the ‘Lead by Example’ Act which prevents Members of Congress from receiving matching contributions to their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) – a federal employee retirement savings plan - if the deficit is not reduced from the previous year.

Rigell, widely known as a congressional reformer, also returns 15% of his congressional salary to pay down our debt – donations which will total more than $100,000 by the end of his second term. He also declines all federal health and retirement benefits and has self-imposed a limit of no more than six terms in the House.



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