Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, proposes what I would call “political bills” (those with no hope of passage but look good) as opposed to “policy bills” (those that will be enacted). Unfortunately Herrera Beutler has again introduced a political bill with the 2013 version of The Savings Start with Us Act (H.R. 391, to provide for a 10 percent reduction in pay for members of Congress, the president and the vice president).
Herrera Beutler introduced the same “political bill'” two years ago. The 2011 version of this “political bill” garnered just two co-sponsors out of 435 members of Congress. The congresswoman could not even convince any other member of the Washington congressional delegation, not even her mentor and old boss Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., to be a co-sponsor.
As a former political opponent of Herrera Beutler, I believe she is, as they say, “sound and fury, signifying nothing” or “all hat and no cattle.” But if the savings truly began with Herrera Beutler, she would cut a check for $17,400 (10 percent of her $174,000 annual pay) each year to the U.S. Treasury. Will she? No. The savings don’t begin with her. But introducing a “political bill” looks good to the gullible.