Congressman: Cut Congress’ pay every year till budget balanced

Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa) is hoping to light a fire under Congress in order to motivate his colleagues to (finally!)  rein in out-of-control spending, having introduced a bill that would cut the pay of members of Congress bit by bit until the federal budget is balanced.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier has the details:

“It could use some business sense. A lot of it, actually,” Blum said.

Blum is a first-term lawmaker and Dubuque businessman. He hatched the idea to cut congressional pay 5 percent the first year and then 10 percent each year the budget is not balanced after realizing how few penalties for failure he sees in Washington, D.C.

“Being a businessman, a career business guy, there’s penalties for failure. You know, you lose revenue, you lose customers; ultimately if you’re bad enough, you could go out of business, so I always think about that when I’m here,” Blum said.

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