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Congress Should Take Pay Cut While Sequester Festers - Kevin Gaughan

Mar 13, 2013|

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Our next guest on the live line -- buffalo attorney Kevin -- Kevin as well known around here is a crusader for smaller government. Very instrumental in successful in reducing the size of many town governments and Erie county has not done yet. Those -- to go on has his sights aimed at the US congress. Kevin good morning thanks for joining us. A good morning John nice to be which you listeners what you purples. Well I think along with all western New Yorkers have been sort of fell following the endless saga the United States congress' inability to. Probably decide on on appropriate spending cuts in and revenue enhancements to address this. Chronic American. Captain and long term deficit -- problem and and leading to what they called sequester which seems to me -- just defense he worked for congress not doing its job. And and as a result we have the worst of all possible worlds which is they've done nothing to address -- what -- what's driving our long term debt problems the entitlement programs. But instead. Decided to have come through this sequestered and start putting people out of work but. Reducing federal spending on. On on programs which Americans for life and that didn't seem stared -- me. And so my thought in my proposal is if congress is going to be furloughed workers and putting people out of work and reducing unemployment benefits and environmental programs -- Share in the sacrifice. So I've written a letter to -- with two local congressman Brian Higgins and Chris Collins and took the liberty of of create in the draft bill that would place united congress and a two week furlough. During an upcoming recess period and and suspend their pay. Along with other Americans are going to be affected by the sequester in like manner. Kevin any idea what this. Two week furlough of 535. House and senate members would say -- To -- each of our our federal representatives and you're right there's 435 of course in the House of Representatives and a 100 senators. They each received -- based compensation of 174000. Dollars so by my calculation. He would save just about 3.5 million dollars but certainly that's not gonna go too far in in in -- resolving. The yet trillion dollar debt that our nation and our future generations of space but here's what it would do. There's -- heavy curtain of difference. That's extended to our public -- by private citizens in America and as a result there's just widening disparity it seems to be between Nixon like experience to have. Politicians and people who are based servants. I think any time a politician stand up and say I'm willing to sacrifice is well. At least it will reduce the cynicism. With -- them too many of a sudden you know sort of at this point rightfully do you politicians and I think there's value and I think that would help. Of representatives Chris Collins and Brian Higgins. Who might be most receptive to your suggestion today and oldest is coming. I spoke with each of their offices. Before before making the proposal to them and yeah I haven't haven't heard back but you know again I -- I I think along with all Western New York is that we you know we all recognize. Fairness and we will recognize what's unfair and it just seemed to me that if anyone it would be terrific it would be it Western New York congressman wanted to stood up and said. This isn't right. This isn't right for Americans to be so you know adversely affected by. System silly sequester. That which again means an inability to to do their job and that they're going to have suffered that we should as well and I think that would go a long way toward restoring a proper. Respect for the institution of congress and those who outed as well. I'm sure you would like this to come from a Western New York representative but if it doesn't would you. Allow someone else introduce it. Oh absolutely over the years is as -- -- with the kind enough to mention the work that I do brings in contact with. A public servants around America and the yum I'm I'll speak with them to learn. How low of regions and and politicians are doing it looked at that in the not so. -- the -- it is I think that's a great idea. If but we'll give we'll give Brian Chris a couple of days spent. I do happen in my computer to have some email addresses for a number of congressmen and senators who -- dual speak with senator Schumer who think it's. Does a great job in and them if we can get that off the ground. Kevin good to talk to you this morning our thanks at all it's an -- all the -- But -- little attorney Kevin --