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He said he’s also introduced a bill that would end automatic pay increases for Congress. Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillDem senators: Slash executive pay at pension plans seeking benefit cuts Bill would target retaliation against military sexual assault victims Senate Dem takes on drugmaker: ‘It’s time to slaughter some hogs’ MORE (D-Mo.) is a co-sponsor of that measure.
“There is real bipartisan disappointment in Congress and its dysfunction, and it should certainly not get rewarded with automatic pay raises without public debate.” Vitter said in a statement Wednesday. “We can start working together in a bipartisan fashion by flatly requiring any member of Congress who wants an automatic raise each year to publicly ask for, defend it, and explain it to their constituents by putting it to a vote.”
Another Vitter bill would prohibit political campaigns and leadership political action committees from hiring the spouses or immediate family of lawmakers, saying lawmakers sometimes use that as a way to “pad their family income.”
“These would be important nonpartisan, non-ideological reform efforts to do something positive and productive to reconnect with the American people,” Vitter said, urging his colleagues to join as co-sponsors to his bills.