The Buzz: Ami Bera returns pension to treasury

March 27, 2014 

Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, pledged when he ran for Congress in 2012 not to take a pension until Congress secured major entitlement programs for years to come.

LEZLIE STERLING — The Sacramento Bee

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Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, two years ago promised not to take a congressional pension until key entitlement programs were secured for years into the future.

In addition to underscoring his support for reinforcing Medicare and Social Security, Bera’s pledge also helped draw a contrast in his race against Dan Lungren, who is entitled to taxpayer-funded retirement benefits from service in state and federal office.

As Bera prepares for a tough re-election bid in the 7th District, his office announced Thursday that he’s made good on that oath, issuing a check for $4,915 to the U.S. Treasury Bureau of the Public Debt. The sum reflects the amount he accrued in pension benefits last year.

In a prepared statement, Bera said the country must honor the promises it made to parents and grandparents to provide them with a dignified retirement after a lifetime of work.

“My constituents should not be forced to pay for my retirement when many of their own retirements are still vulnerable,” he said. “That’s why I have pledged to not take a congressional pension until Medicare and Social Security are secure for this and future generations.”

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