Gregory: 'It's Time for Congress to Work Like the Rest of Us'

Jan 13, 2010, 17:26 ET from Will Gregory for Congress

STAMFORD, Conn., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Will Gregory has released a bold legislative proposal for reforming Congressional compensation.  This proposal limits Congressional pay raise and strips our elected officials of the special benefits carved out and carefully protected by incumbents from across the political spectrum.  Follow this link to view the first installment of the Gregory Congressional Reform Plan.

Only in Congress would significant budget shortfalls and reckless spending be rewarded with a raise.  Mr. Gregory believes it's time to make Congress face the same reality that average Americans confront.  Congressional pay raises will no longer be discretionary — they will be limited to the lesser of 2 percent or the rate of inflation.

Furthermore, Mr. Gregory proposes eliminating the special Congressional retirement plan, and he insists that members of Congress participate in the same healthcare and social security programs of their constituents.  Congress should play by the same rules as the American people. Americans have to plan carefully and save for retirement, so too should members of Congress.

"If they have to reap what they sow, maybe they'll be less inclined to push more and more unnecessary bureaucracy on American taxpayers," says Gregory.  "By making members of Congress deal with the same red tape for health care and social security, they will see firsthand that massive government regulation has created few common-sense solutions for middle-class families."  

While this measure is an important first step, Mr. Gregory knows that further action is necessary.  "It will take even more bold reforms before we finally can say that government works for the people. That's why I'm running for congress – we need a voice for these reforms that isn't beholden to beltway brokers."

This is the first in a series of installments for the Congressional Reform Plan proposed by Will Gregory, candidate for the Fourth Congressional District of Connecticut.  Check back frequently at for more forward-looking policy proposals from the Gregory campaign in coming days.

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