Tenney bill on congressional pensions gets Taxpayers Union plug

Published Sep 22, 2018 at 4:00pm

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney’s bill to block public pension payments to members of Congress convicted of crime is at the top of a list by the National Taxpayer’s Union of 2018 “No-Brainer” legislation.

Tenney’s HR 4314, named the No Pensions For Corrupt Politicians Act, was No. 1 on a 10-item list published Thursday by the group.

Tenney introduced the bill on Nov. 8 last year. It was referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, according to congress.gov.

National Taxpayers Union Federal Affairs Director Nan Swift said in a statement from Tenney that the bill would close certain loopholes that allow members of Congress to receive a congressional pension even after having been convicted of a crime.

It’s similar to a state-level bill Tenney introduced when she was in the New York Assembly. The New Hartford Republican also cosponsored an Assembly bill that would move public officials from a public pension plan to a defined-benefit contribution plan. Such plans are more common in the private sector.

“The job of a public official is to advocate for their communities and constituents, not benefit from the office they hold,” Tenney said. “Any elected official who betrays the public’s trust and is convicted of corruption should immediately have their pension revoked.”

Our no brainer bill, No Pensions for Corrupt Politicians Act, will end a loophole that benefits political elites at the expense of hardworking taxpayers.”