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  • Sequester Should Apply to Pay of Members of Congress

    by Representative Ron DeSantis

    Posted on 2013-03-13

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    Congressional Record, Volume 159 Issue 36 (Wednesday, March 13, 2013)

    [Congressional Record Volume 159, Number 36 (Wednesday, March 13, 2013)]
    [House]
    [Page H1361]
    From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
    
    
    
    
              SEQUESTER SHOULD APPLY TO PAY OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
    
      The SPEAKER pro tempore. The Chair recognizes the gentleman from 
    Florida (Mr. DeSantis) for 5 minutes.
      Mr. DeSANTIS. Mr. Speaker, much has been said about sequestration, 
    but few have mentioned what bothers me the most about it. The pay of 
    Members of Congress is exempted from the sequester. When Members of 
    Congress exempt themselves from the operation of the law, it is not 
    only unfair, it actually violates a core principle of republican 
    government.
      There is no less an authority than James Madison who will back me up 
    on this. In The Federalist No. 57, he wrote:
    
           I will add, as a fifth circumstance in the situation of the 
         House of Representatives, restraining them from oppressive 
         measures, that they can make no law which will not have its 
         full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on 
         the great mass of society. This has always been deemed one of 
         the strongest bonds by which human policy can connect the 
         rulers and the people together. It creates between them that 
         communion of interests and sympathy of sentiments, of which 
         few governments have furnished examples; but without which 
         every government degenerates into tyranny. If it be asked, 
         what is to restrain the House of Representatives from making 
         legal discriminations in favor of themselves and a particular 
         class of the society? I answer: the genius of the whole 
         system; the nature of just and constitutional laws; and above 
         all, the vigilant and manly spirit which actuates the people 
         of America--a spirit which nourishes freedom, and in return 
         is nourished by it.
    
      In the spirit of James Madison, I will be filing legislation to make 
    the sequester apply to the pay of Members of Congress at the first 
    moment that is constitutionally permissible. Members of this body must 
    live under the same rules as everybody else. Our Founding Fathers 
    expected it; the American people demand it.
    
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