Ellsworth against congressional pay raises
To the Editor,
America is facing the most serious challenges we've seen in generations, and the way we choose to respond will shape the world our children and grandchildren inherit. We have got our work cut out for us. Turning our economy and country around will require everyone to pitch in and make sacrifices for the greater cause. That's one of the reasons why I am co-sponsoring a bill to block an upcoming pay raise for members of Congress.
The bipartisan bill, which was introduced this week by Reps. Harry Mitchell (D-AZ) and Ron Paul (R-TX), blocks an automatic pay raise for members of Congress scheduled to take place in 2010. It would save taxpayers an estimated $2.5 million. At a time when Hoosiers are struggling to make ends meet and worried about pink slips and foreclosure notices, I think the money can be put to better use.
The bill is gaining support on Capitol Hill, and I hope it will be considered by the House soon.
In addition, as I did last year, I will donate the 2009 raise to 8th District charities.
There is no doubt that there are still tough times before us. But it is also true that America shines brightest during the darkest times, and I am optimistic that by working together and meeting our challenges head-on, we can turn things around.