Well you have to hand it to the Republicans, or actually two of them. Both from Michigan, they want to put their money where their mouth is -- and they want the rest of Congress to join them.
Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) on Wednesday proposed a new bill that would require congressional salaries to be cut 15 percent any time Congress fails to balance the budget.
Bentivolio said his Spending Accountability Act, H.R. 3993, is needed to give Congress an incentive to cut the annual budget deficit, which is now at $600 billion per year and expected to rise.
"I think my colleagues need a little more motivation to do the right thing and balance the budget," Bentivolio said Thursday. "They're hitting the American taxpayer in the pocketbook by accumulating so much debt.
Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) and his co-sponsor is Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Mich.), and must feel they have no chance at re-election because they're pulling out all of the stops to make one last, desperate attempt to woo voters and to keep their jobs. They're challenging all of their fellow Congress persons to balance the federal budget or take a pay cut. This certainly won't get them invited to too many congressional parties.
Voting against this bill would make the rest of Congress look like the money grubbing representatives they generally are. Gee, I kind of like that. Put up or shut up.
Of course this bill will never see the light of day, but even if, miracle of miracles, Boehner brought it to the floor, it wouldn't have much effect. If the bill were passed into law, it would not apply to the current Congress due to the 27th Amendment, which says pay adjustments can only apply to the next Congress, not the current one.
But you can't fault these two GOP'ers for trying -- at least they're willing to pay a price for not doing their jobs. Of course when you make a base pay of $174,000 a year, after taking a 15% pay cut, you're still doing okay -- $147,900. Not too shabby for working less that 120 days a year.