While we look for ways to cut spending and make government more efficient, Congress must look inwards. Reforming Congress sends the message that Members of Congress are not going to stop at cutting our own budgets - we must look at fundamentally changing the way the legislature operates and how Members are compensated. It is with that in mind that I have introduced and cosponsored several government reform initiatives.
- H.J. Res. 96 - Introduced an amendment to the Constitution establishing term limits for Members of Congress. This resolution would send to the states a constitutional amendment that woud limit members of the House to four terms and members of the Senate to two.
- H.R. 3738 - Introduced a bill to extend to two years the amount of time a former Member of Congress must wait to become a registered lobbyist. Currently the "cooling off" period for a Senator is two years while a Member of the House is one.
- H.R. 2913 - Terminates a Member of Congress' ability to pay in to a defined benefit pension plan. Members of Congress can still contribute to their 401k, making their benefits conform more to the private sector.
- H.R. 187: Congressional Pay Reform Act of 2011 - This bill would eliminate the automatic pay raise for Members of Congress and would require that any pay adjustments be adopted only by a recorded vote so as to reflect the vote of each Member
- H.R. 1148: Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act - Would prohibit Members of Congress from using non-public information to trade on the stock market.
- H.R. 3643: No Budget, No Pay - I have become an outspoken advocate for legislation called No Budget, No Pay which mandates that if Congress does not pass a budget on time, it does not get paid on time either. Passing a budget is the job of Members of Congress. If real world rules should apply Congress; if they cannot do their job, they should lose their pay