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Coffman on ending the D.C. culture of spending

Posted by Michael Sandoval on January 17th, 2011
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U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., has offered a plan to trim ten percent of the pay of members of Congress and give federal employees two weeks of furlough, in order to save $5.5 billion per year, according to the press release on Coffman’s website:

“Furloughs are becoming commonplace for state and local governments, and it’s only reasonable for the federal government to follow suit,” Coffman said.

“I want to make the U.S. government as cost conscious as the states,” Coffman said. “At least 24 states have enacted similar budget-cutting measures, while the federal government continues to grow and rack up debt.”

While some have derided the measure as merely a drop in the bucket considering the size of the deficit and the national debt, Coffman argues that it is really more about ending the culture of spending in the nation’s capital, and forcing a bit of introspection on those who print money first, and never even bother to ask questions later. According to Coffman on Fox News’ show Neil Cavuto:

“We need some leadership here in Washington, D.C., when it comes to cutting this budget deficit, so my proposal has a ten percent pay cut for all members of Congress and a two week furlough for Federal employees unless they’re in a public safety, or law enforcement, national security-there is some discussion with the President, but it saves about five and a half billion dollars a year.”
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“Simply because Washington and the government have a printing press they haven’t had to make the sacrifices that are made in the private sector, as well as a lot of state and local governments across this country. My own state of Colorado last year did eight furlough days, and so this proposal has two non-consecutive weeks, but we’re not feeling the pain here in Washington, D.C. We’re immune from it all and we need to be part of this equation, we need to be part of the solution. And this bill is the first step in that direction, albeit a small one relative to the size of the deficit, but an important one, I think, to send a message to the American people that we’re in this, too.”

h/t The Denver Post

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