Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Rep. Forbes Asks for His Pay to be Withheld, Cosponsors Bill to Reduce All Member Pay During Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) announced today that he has written to the Chief Administrator of the House of Representatives to request that his salary be withheld, and that he has cosponsored H.R. 3160, the Government Shutdown Fairness Act, which would withhold the salaries of Members of Congress until the funding impasse has ended and also reduce pay in future Congresses by the number of days the government is shutdown.

Forbes has consistently voted against Member pay increases and introduced H.R. 284, the Congressional Accountability Pay (CAP) Act, which would make Members of Congress personally accountable for overspending in Washington, by tying the salaries of Members of Congress to growth in government spending.  The more the federal government spends, the less Members of Congress would earn.  

In addition, Forbes has supported legislation that would require the President, Vice President, and political appointees to join Members of Congress and all congressional staff in obtaining health insurance through healthcare exchanges and eliminate any employer contribution to these health insurance purchases. 

While nonessential congressional employees in Forbes' office have been furloughed as a result of the government shutdown, Forbes' offices are open and staffed with essential employees whose responsibility is to ensure constituents have a voice in the legislative process.  Phones are being answered from 7am - 7pm until Congress resolves the funding impasse.

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