Larry Kissell has decided on his first act as a congressman. He has pledged to decline the pay increase that went into effect during the final days of the 110th Congress.
Congressman-elect Kissell has signed on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 5087, a bill sponsored by Rep. Ron Paul of Texas that will revoke the $4,700 COLA increase for members of the U.S. House. According to the Congressman-elect Kissell:
During these difficult economic times, it just isn't right for Congress to give itself a pay increase while so many people are struggling to make ends meet, and so many others are out of work altogether. Most people work for years at a time without a pay raise, and most people in our district right now are just trying to hang on. It is a time of belt tightening for all of us, Congress included.
The pay increase is automatic unless a bill is passed revoking it. If the bill doesn't pass Kissell has pledged to refuse or donate the pay increase.
Not bad for a first official act.