Today, the House is starting consideration of H.R. 5325, the FY17 Legislative Branch appropriations bill. This fiscally-responsible legislation increases Capitol security, allows sledding on the Hill, and funds critical government oversight tools.
This bill also reauthorizes a 100% pay freeze for Members of Congress.
The freeze has been in place since 2010, but it must be renewed annually or it expires. A serious commitment to cutting spending starts with leading by example. That’s why, since taking back the majority in 2011, Republicans have cut the cost of Congress by more than 13%.
We will continue to make good on our pledge to cut government spending by passing this important bill. And that’s the way it is.