Congressman Dold Testifies on his No Pensions for Felons Bill

From the office of Rep. Robert Dold (Ill., 10th District)…

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Robert Dold (IL-10) testified at an Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy Hearing on “Retirement Readiness: Strengthening the Federal Pension System.” Dold spoke about his bipartisan bill, H.R. 2162, The Congressional Integrity and Pension Forfeiture Act of 2011, which would eliminate pensions for Members of Congress who committed a felony.

“Over the past 50 years, Members of Congress have been convicted of at least sixteen different felonies and yet it is estimated that these lawmakers are receiving a combined pension benefit of more than $800,000 each year,” said Dold. “This is unacceptable. At a time of unprecedented debt, American taxpayers should not be footing the bill for Members of Congress who broke the law. This is a bipartisan bill that should pass the House with 435 votes and the Senate with 100 votes. This legislation will help in our ongoing efforts to restore public trust in this institution and those who serve in it.”

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