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, Beras 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 hes 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. Thats why I have pledged to not take a congressional pension until Medicare and Social Security are secure for this and future generations.
We need to act decisively in order to begin restoring the publics trust.
Bob Huff, Senates Republican leader, discussing the arrest of Sen. Leland Yee