Senator introduces "good government" proposals as new Congress begins its work
Louisiana Senator David Vitter has introduced proposals to limit the length of time a person could serve in Congress and eliminate automatic pay raises for members of the House and Senate.
“There is real bipartisan disappointment in Congress and its dysfunction, and it should certainly not get rewarded with automatic pay raises without public debate.” Vitter said.
“We can start working together in a bipartisan fashion by flatly requiring any member of Congress who wants an automatic raise each year to publicly ask for, defend it, and explain it to their constituents by putting it to a vote.”
In 2009, the Senate adopted a provision nearly identical to Vitter’s, which sought to eliminate the annual raises for Congress, but the bill languished in the House as Speaker Pelosi never called it up for a vote.
Vitter also proposed limiting the number of terms that a member can hold to three in the House and two in the Senate, a change that would need to be approved by voters since it would require amending the U.S. Constitution.
“Not allowing individuals to remain in office for an eternity is another step we need to take to restore confidence in Congress,” Vitter said.
“Call it Potomac Fever, or whatever you’d like, but the longer some folks are in Washington, the more taxpayer money they want to spend,” said Vitter, who has advocated for implementing term limits since his days in the U.S. House of Representatives.
A recent Gallup poll found that 71% of Americans support limiting the number of terms a member can remain in office.