Friday, May 31, 2013

Letter to the Editor: A Proposal to Improve Congressional Responsibility

Below is a letter to the Editor by Middletown Republican Town Committee chairman Ken McClellan.. Opinions are that of the author and do not necessarily reflect that of Insider Staff.  
Congressional Reform Act of 2013
A Proposal to improve congressional responsibility

1. Congress, as a body and as employees of the United States, must abide by all laws they enact.

2. No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office.

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds currently in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. Retired congresspersons will be credited with SS contributions commensurate with their salary, and receive payments on the scale based on those payments. Congresspersons will pay into Social Security system. Social Security funds may not be used to purchase government securities. This will save taxpayer money and force congresspersons to think about the long-term viability of Social Security.

4. Congresspersons can choose to participate in 401k plans or purchase their own retirement plan (IRA).

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

6. Congress participates in a health care insurance plans as the American people. They can elect to purchase private insurance or join an exchange set up under the Affordable Care Act. Any care provided in a government medical facility or by government employees (including military health care providers) will be billed, and paid for by the congressperson and their insurance plan.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 12/31/13. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women. Congressmen/women made all these contracts for themselves. It’s time to stop that practice.

Serving in Congress is an honor not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

Ken McClellan,
Middletown, CT

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