Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), introduced House Resolution 270 to decrease congressional salaries, put in place mandatory unpaid leave for federal civilian employees, and to reduce appropriations for the offices of the legislative branch for the next fiscal year.
The bill would call for a 10% reduction in pay for all members of Congress as defined by Title 2 Section 31 of the United States Code, which is all Representatives and Senators including all members of the Leadership. The current rate of pay for members not in leadership positions is $174,000 a year, which would mean that rank-and-file members would recieve a $17,400 pay cut.
H.R. 270 would also mandate a two-week unpaid period of leave for all federal civilian employees. Exceptions would be made for reasons of national security, for reasons relating to public health or safety, and for other reasons the President considers necessary.The unpaid leave would also apply to the judicial branch under the authority of the Director of the Administrative of the United States Courts.
The final section of the bill would prohibit appropriated funds for legislative salaries to be no higher than 96% of current FY levels for FY 2012.
There is no current CBO cost estimates for H.R. 270.
H.R 270 was referred to th Committee on House Administration, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform,and the Committee on the Judiciary.
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