Rick Scott Introduces Bill to End Automatic Annual Pay Raises for Congress

This week, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., brought out a bill “to repeal automatic annual pay raises for members of Congress.”

Scott introduced the bill on Tuesday with U.S. Sens. Mike Braun, R-Ind., and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., as co-sponsors.

“Our country is facing a serious debt crisis that must be addressed—we have hit our limit. America’s credit card is maxed out with $31 trillion worth of debt thanks to Washington’s obsession with spending. Each day that Congress fails to do its basic duties, like pass a budget, or allow the border crisis to go unchecked, Congress has failed the American people. In the real world, if you don’t do your job, you don’t get paid and you definitely don’t get a raise. Congress should be no different, and I urge my colleagues to support this commonsense bill,” Scott said.

“Every American got a pay cut last year from record high inflation, grocery, and gas prices under President Biden and Congress’s reckless spending spree. The last thing Congress should be getting is a pay raise,” said Braun.

“Pay raises are not something elected officials are simply entitled to receive. This legislation removes unnecessary, automatic pay raises for members of Congress and serves as an important reminder: the American public – the people who sent us here – are the number one priority,” said Hawley.

The bill was sent to the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. So far, there is no companion measure over in the U.S. House.

Kevin Derby
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