WASHINGTON D.C. (WWLP) - Republican Senator David Vitter of Louisiana has introduced a new bill that would repeal the law that currently gives our lawmakers automatic pay hikes.
A recent CNN survey found a number of representatives, from both parties, said they'd be willing to take home less money.
But while it sounds like a good idea, experts say there are some problems with this "no-pay" bill that will ultimately prevent our reps from seeing any changes to their checks.
"The reality is that the United States constitution, the 27th amendment, does not even allow congress to take a pay cut without going into special active legislation to do it. So this is one of those things we call a smokescreen issue," Political Consultant Tony Cignoli said.
Surprisingly, one of the biggest opponents of these "no-pay bills" is one of the wealthiest leaders in Washington, Nancy Pelosi.
The House Democratic leader says she knows other members of Congress are not as well-off.