Congress - Accessing Pay For Performance

Allison Glatfelter, Senior Analyst Wednesday October 22nd 2014

During the buildup and aftermath of the last government shutdown in the fall of 2013 and the beginning of sequestration in March 2013 many bills were introduced to curb or suspend Congressional pay. The economic uncertainty brought on by both the recent recession and Congress’ inability to pass and maintain consistent funding for the federal government, has made many Americans angry with Congress' job performance. With the threat of another appropriations deadline looming just weeks before Christmas many working with and in the federal government will be holding their breath as they wait to know if there will be another government shutdown.  This climate will make topics such as benefits for members of Congress a hot topic of discussion.

While members of Congress have introduced many bills to cut or suspend Congressional pay, only a few have gained any traction. On March 14, 2013 Rep. Ron DeSantis (D-FL) introduced H.R.1181 Sequestration of Pay for Members of Congress Act of 2013.  This legislation would actually cut Congressional salaries by the same amount, 8.2 percent, that non-defense related federal spending has been cut under the recently enacted sequester.  This bill, which gained some press attention, has been referred to the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee where no action on the legislation has occurred. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-FL) introduced a similar bill S.436 Sequester for Congressional Pay and Accountability Act on March 3, 2013, his bill also remains in Committee.

 

A complete listing of related bills in Congress

  1. H.R.4021 - Debt Limit Reform and Congressional Pay for Performance Act of 2014,  sponsored by Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY): would address sequestration issues and tie Congressional pay to Member's job performance. (Introduced 2/10/2014)
  2. H.R.3887- Congressional Pay for Performance Act of 2014,  sponsored by Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA): would tie Congressional pay or salary to Member's job performance. (Introduced 1/15/2014)
  3. H.R.1181- Sequestration of Pay for Members of Congress Act of 2013,  sponsored by Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL): would actually cut Congressional salaries by the same amount, 8.2 percent, that non-defense related federal spending has been cut under the recently enacted sequester. (Introduced 3/13/2014)
  4. S.436 - Sequester for Congressional Pay and Accountability Act  sponsored by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL): would actually cut Congressional salaries by the same amount, 8.2 percent, that non-defense related federal spending has been cut under the recently enacted sequester. (Introduced 3/1/2014)
     

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