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Congressman Tom O´Halleran

Representing the 1st District of Arizona

Rep. O’Halleran Introduces New Bill, Says NOPE to Congressional Perks

April 5, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran introduced new legislation targeting Congressional perks.

The No Ongoing Perks Enrichment (NOPE) Act would prohibit first-class flights for members of Congress and staff, freeze Congressional pay, withhold pay unless a budget is passed, and increase the lobbying ban for members of Congress and staff from two years to five years.

“The American people deserve a Congress that is focused on modernizing our tax code, investing in infrastructure, and growing our economy; not taking advantage of costly perks at the expense of the American people,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “This commonsense legislation reins in wasteful spending and compels members of Congress to be good stewards of federal tax dollars.”

The NOPE Act will:

  • Freeze Congressional salaries at their current levels,
  • Withhold Congressional salaries if Congress is unable to pass a national budget,
  • Increase the lobbying ban on members of Congress from two to five years, and
  • Ban the use of government funds for first-class air travel for members of Congress and their staff.

“Congress must act to restore confidence in our government, and that starts by cutting special privileges and promoting transparency,” continued O’Halleran. “I remain committed to working across the aisle to bring accountability to Washington.”

Earlier this year, Congressman O’Halleran introduced the Clean Legislating and Ethical Accountability Now (CLEAN) Act. The legislation would strengthen the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent watchdog group that reviews allegations of ethics violations by members of Congress and their staff.