Believe it or not, there are some people who run for the U.S. Congress in hopes that they will be able to stick it out long enough to receive a government pension.
After serving only a few terms in office, members of Congress will be given a lifetime pension regardless of the manner in which they left office. Meaning, even if they were to have been defeated in an election, if they were to have served the time needed to received the pension, they would get it.
Exactly, it isn’t fair.
According to a press release, Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-R) has introduced his End Pensions in Congress (EPIC) Act to “end pensions for all future members of Congress.”
The bill would also end the pensions of those current members who have not yet accumulated the time needed in the congressional retirement plan.
“Taxpayer-funded pensions for members of Congress are a relic of a bygone era and constitute a waste of taxpayer funds,” DeSantis said. “Taxpayer-funded pensions promote careerism in Congress and shield retired members of Congress from living and working under the laws that they pass. Ending pensions for members of Congress will help reform the culture of Washington and will help to drain the swamp.”-DeSantis press release