AMES, IA [courtesy of Vilsack for Congress 6/27 Press Release] – Congressman Steve King’s acceptance of five pay raises worth nearly $20,000, trips around the world from private groups worth over $130,000, and protection of taxpayer-funded pensions for members of Congress who go on to make millions as Washington lobbyists is the subject of Christie Vilsack’s second radio ad, which will begin airing across the 4th District today.
“In Iowa, we’re taught the values of hard work and responsibility. Unfortunately Congressman King has forgotten these values and, during his ten years in Congress, he has been focused on protecting his own interests instead of doing what’s best for his constituents,” said Christie Vilsack. “I want to go to Congress to create layers of economic opportunity in the 4th District, not to protect my own interests or Washington lobbyists. These 39 counties deserve someone who will put their needs first and work every day to bring jobs and economic opportunity to the small towns and cities in the district.”
The new ad, “Washington,” is available online here. Christie Vilsack has called on Congressman King to return his five pay raises to taxpayers, and has pledged to vote against and give back any pay raises until the federal budget is balanced.
Script and Background: “Washington”
After ten years in Washington, just how Washington has Congressman Steve King become?
Well, we know Congressman King took five pay raises, which increased his salary by nearly $20,000, but opposed a $1,500 bonus for our troops.King has accepted five pay raises as a member of Congress: Congressman King has accepted $19,300 in pay raises from taxpayers. His salary in 2003 was $154,700. Today, Congressman King earns $174,000. [Congressional Research Service; Washington Post, 6/28/09; Roll Call 85, 2/25/2009; Roll Call 580, 6/27/2007; Roll Call 261, 6/13/2006; Roll Call 327, 6/28/2005; Roll Call 451, 9/14/2004; Roll Call 463, 9/4/2003]
Opposed a bonus for active duty service members that failed by one vote: Congressman King had the opportunity to give active duty service members in Iraq a nd Afghanistan a $1,500 bonus for their service and sacrifice. He chose to vote against this amendment, which was defeated by only one vote. [HR 3289, Vote #554, 10/17/03]And then there’s his travel.
Since arriving in Washington, King has accepted at least 30 trips from private groups, including trips to Berlin, Moscow, and Sydney, Australia, worth more than $130,000 in all.As a member of Congress, King has enjoyed trips across the globe from private groups: According to Legistorm, King has accepted 31 trips worth $137,113 since taking office. As of 2011, King had taken the most expensive trips out of all the members of Iowa’s Congressional delegation. [Legistorm.com, accessed 6/26/12]Then there’s this.
King voted to protect taxpayer-funded pensions for Washington lobbyists. So it’s not that surprising that the American League of Lobbyists in Washington posted on Twitter “Three cheers for Congressman Steve King.”Congressman King Voted to Protect Taxpayer-Funded Pensions for Lobbyists: House Republicans voted against a measure that would have prohibited former members of Congress earning more than $1 million as lobbyists from receiving Congressional pensions. The provision would apply to members who retire from Congress after the date of enactment. [H.R. 5652, Vote 246, 5/10/12]
American League of Lobbyists tweeted in support of Congressman King: “@LobbyistsLeague: Three cheers for Congressman Steve King (R-IA): “#Lobbyists do a very effective and useful job on this hill” http://ow.ly/1cKnY” [Twitter.com, 3/1/10]You see, that’s the way Washington works, but it’s just not the Iowa way.
Read the facts at SteveKingVotes.org.
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