U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis is co-sponsoring legislation that would cut salaries for senators and representatives in Congress. Lummis explains why she's behind the proposed legislation.
The bill is sponsored by Representative Ann Kirkpatrick, a Democrat from Arizona. If passed, the legislation would enact a 5% pay cut to all members of Congress starting January 1st 2011.
The bill would also block any automatic congressional pay increase for 2012. Lummis has previously co-sponsored bills to stop the automatic congressional pay increase for 2011 and to eliminate the automatic raise altogether, and was part of the successful effort to block the pay hike for 2010.