For Immediate Release
Contact: Vartan Djihanian
O’Donoghue Jobs Plan: Cut Politicians First by Tying Congressional Salary to Performance
(Winter Park, Fl)– Conservative small businessman Bruce O’Donoghue this week proposed a detailed jobs plan which would cut politicians first. One of the specific proposals is to tie the salaries for Members of Congress to their performance in office. O’Donoghue’s proposal, which was part of his jobs and economic recovery program, would dock the pay for Members of Congress each year the federal government ran a deficit by the percentage of the deficit to the Gross National Product.
“While Central Floridians are struggling to make ends meet, Members of Congress spend more and more, without any accountability for the massive deficits they are creating,” said O’Donoghue. “It’s time to make Members of Congress and their staffs feel the pinch that the rest of America is feeling by reducing their salaries, cutting congressional office budgets, and eliminating loopholes that allow members of Congress to use taxpayer money to send campaign mail. By hitting them where it hurts, perhaps Congress might take their fingers out of their ears and listen to the American people’s outcry over their profligate ways.”
O’Donoghue’s proposal is included in the first plank of his four-point jobs plan. The first plank, which aims to “cut politicians first” includes a number of other provisions which would force Congress to put their money where their mouth is about cutting wasteful spending by cutting the fat out of their congressional office budgets first. Other proposals in the first plank include:
- Tie Politicians’ Pay to the Deficit
Every year we run a deficit, Members of Congress should have their pay cut by the percentage of the deficit to our gross national product. For 2010, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that to be 9.2%.
- Return the pay for Members of Congress and their staff to pre War on Terror levels.
When our country responded to the terrorists’ attack on our soil, Members of Congress should have frozen their salaries to help fund the war. Everyone in this economy is doing more with less, except those who work for Congress. It’s time those receiving congressional paychecks share the burden of our struggling economy. O’Donoghue’s proposal would roll back the salary for Members of Congress and their staff to the levels when the War and Terror began in 2001.
- Cut Congressional staff budgets by 10%
As a small businessman, Bruce O’Donoghue is used to making tough decisions. With the country running record deficits, O’Donoghue believes we must cut the fat at every opportunity – including congressional offices, forcing Members of Congress to do more with less. According to the Republican Study Committee, a 10% reduction in staff budgets would save the nation $1.7 billion.
- Eliminate Waste in House Franking Rules
The Congressional Frank Commission was originally intended to provide Members of Congress the opportunity to convey vital communications to their constituents. Today, Members of Congress abuse the franking privilege by sending out campaign-style brochures, and in the case of Alan Grayson – campaign style DVDs – to their constituents to brag about their work in Congress and to boost their chances of reelection. As a Member of Congress, Bruce O’Donoghue will close the loophole that allows Members of Congress to abuse the franking privilege, and only allow the mailings to be used for responding to constituent requests.
Florida’s 8th Congressional District is considered a “Tilt Republican” District by the Rothenberg Political Report.
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