Skip to comments.Rep. Johnson Pushes Bill Taking Up Perry's Part-Time Congress Proposal
Posted on 01/13/2012 8:51:22 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
Texas Gov. Rick Perry's part-time Congress proposal has become the blueprint for a bill Rep. Timothy Johnson, an Illinois Republican, will introduce next week.
The Citizen Legislators Act would limit the days Congress works to five per month, or 60 business days per session.
It also would cut the salaries of representatives and senators in half. But like Perry's plan, Johnson's bill allows members to have jobs outside of Congress. The caveat is that their income cannot be earned as "a result of the privilege of their office, such as speaking tours, lobbying and consulting."
Like Perry, Johnson says he was motivated by "mounting anger over Washington spending and gridlock." He claims his bill could save up to $2 billion a year.
The Citizen Legislator Act may not be a perfect instrument in the eyes of Washington insiders, but it is a beginning step in righting the ship, Rep. Johnson said.
Johnson's office says the idea came from Perry's Uproot and Overhaul Washington plan.
The congressman's staff members talked with Perry's policy advisors while drafting the bill and called Perry's campaign Thursday morning to notify them of the press release about their bill.
Perry says he supports the bill. "I believe members of Congress should spend less time in Washington and more time living at home under the laws they pass with the people they represent," Perry said in a written statement.
Both use similar language about Americans being tired of "out-of-touch politicians," who spend time working on unneeded government projects.
(Excerpt) Read more at politics.blogs.foxnews.com ...
Sarah Palin rooted out BS within our own party.
Some of these fat ****’s really do think they are above we little people.
I understand their intellectual argument, but thy are using position and power to bludgeon me when I speak up.
I am sick the whining over the Bain thing.
Romney IS a corporate raider!
Another thing that really chaps me--
They continue to get paid when they are running around campaigning.
I think they should not be allowed BY LAW to campaign or raise campaign funds before a designated date before the elections.
Horror!!! that they should have to run on their record. Their opponents should be allowed to spend more and campaign longer. Incumbents are a BIG problem!
Santorum voted against “right to work”
I don’t understand why this guy is getting a pass on scrutiny.
Oh I didn’t say he would actually do it. Just says he is/S
He also announced a NEW CABINET position. Small Business Cabinet Secretary.
Obama REALLY thinks the American People are IDIOTS.
ZERO IS A LIAR.
In addition to the Fox debate on Monday -
January 14, 2012
Huckabee Forum 2
8pm ET on Fox News (taped broadcast)
Location: Sottile Theatre at the College of Charleston, South Carolina
Sponsor: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Congressman Tim Scott (R-SC) and Fox News
Participants: Romney, Perry, Gingrich, Santorum, Huntsman (Unofficial list)
I just know I like the way we do it.
BTW, I went to a GOP meeting last night. Due to really cold weather we had a small turnout but one of those present was our state representative.
He doesn't live in my county but he has the time to meet with and get feedback from the people who sent him to Austin. BTW, he is recognized as one of the most conservative Republican legislators. He is a young black man, named White, who defeated a long term Democrat ...in Southeast Texas!
The sorry fact is that Congress passes only a small fraction of the “law” we live by. The vast majority of what oppresses us come from unelected agencies under the control of Hussein.
What little, very little Congress accomplishes is in the form of oversight hearings. Absent Congress, Hussein would have nearly complete freedom to rule as the dictator he would like to be.
The problem is Santorum won’t get a pass if he manages to get the nomination.
All his flaws will be brought up then and multiplied.
Why would SC vote for a non right-to-work guy?
So why don't we get rid of them? Give it back to the states!
Do you think we in Texas don't care about the air we breathe? Do you think we need the oppressive Obama administration threatening to close TX refineries...because they want to drive up the price of gasoline?
Congress formed the depts. and committees and that is how they gain their power and control each other...with chairmanships and longevity.
They are self-serving!
LOL...Perry said, "We need to restore America," at one point. I made that my tagline. Two weeks later I see that sign hung up behind Romney. I changed my tagline.
Yes, they have incorporated Perry's platform. Actually, they have stolen his words continuously. However, they cannot steal his loyal supporters.
Well, there your go.
Oh my gosh GREAT news how in the heck did I miss it BUMP!
Have to get this out to my TeaParty type folks so we can get the Representative some good old fashioned grassroots support!
Thanks for the heads up.
May God guide our course.
Yeah, you’re right. He thinks he will pull the wool over our eyes so we can’t see what he’s up to! He pretends to be what I call- “Mr. Moderation”, so he can fool all of his critics! He won, unfortunately, by doing that before. Hopefully, enough people that know better now, and will see through it! However then, as it’s said: “hope springs eternal”!
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.