The Buzz: Ami Bera returns pension to treasury
03/27/2014 10:29 PM
03/27/2014 10:41 PM
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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