Bipartisan Bill Would Cut Congress’ Pay to Match Federal Employees’ Sequestration Losses

August 6, 2013 - 3:39 PM

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) has sponsored legislation that would reduce Congress' pay by the same percentage that sequester-related furloughs decreased earnings of federal employees.

The bipartisan has 12 co-sponsors: eight Democrats and four Republicans.

"We sometimes forget that members of Congress are federal employees, too.  To ask so many federal employees and their families to make a sacrifice without asking the same of their elected leaders is blatantly unfair and this legislation will fix that," Rep. Coffman said in a press release.

The Bill, H.R. 2677, would call for the Office of Personnel Management to calculate salary reductions of Federal employees resulting from sequestration. Those calculated salary reductions would then be applied to Congressional salaries.

According to Coffman's release, he came up with the idea "after meeting with union leaders representing the Federal employees at an Air Force base in his Congressional district. In the meeting, a union leader asked what Coffman could do about lowering the pay for Members of Congress if the federal civilian employees working on the base were to be furloughed and lose part of their income."

Last month, the Department of Defense began to furlough 650,000 civilian employees as a result of sequestration.

"It's irresponsible to allow sequestration to continue. When thousands of government workers lose their pay, Congress should too. We're all in this together," Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) said.

Cooper's press release also states that, since the 27th Amendment prohibits making a law changing Congress' pay until after the next election, the STOMP Act would take place at the beginning of the 114th Congress.

Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) touted the bill in a Youtube video discussing sequester-related furloughs saying, "I've just co-sponsored legislation called the STOMP Act which would reduce my pay, other members of Congress' pay the same amount that your pay is being reduced to, because of you're going to be asked to take a haircut during sequestration, members of Congress should have to do the same thing."

Bill co-sponsors include: Jim Cooper (D-Tenn), Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) David Loebsack (D-Iowa), Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas), Denny Heck (D-Wash.), Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), Austin Scott (R-Ga.), Howard Coble (R-N.C.), Robert Wittman (R-Va.) and Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.)