Kirk Seeks To Tighten Rules For Felons, Congressional Pensions

CHICAGO (CBS) — Republican lawmakers have teamed up to expanded the law which block the congressional pensions from convicted felons.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s John Cody reports, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) proposes adding 20 crimes – including tax fraud, racketeering and money laundering – to the 10 crimes that can already cost federal lawmakers their pensions if convicted.

“Our law also expands this to say that you would lose your pension if you are convicted of a felony as any elected official – in other words, if a member of Congress went to another elected office and violated their public trust,” Kirk said.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s John Cody reports

Kirk joined U.S. Rep. Robert Dold (R-Ill.) in introducing the measure, saying pension payouts to convicted felons currently costs U.S. taxpayers $800,000 a year.

  • Nancy Mikelsons

    Dear Senator Kirk: I applaud your support of this bill to block Congressional Pensions from convicted felons who served in the Congress. However the overall sum is so small! I think while this is a good idea, that bringing the troops home from Afghanistan would be much more helpful to the budget and would allow you and your colleagues not to have to vote to cut off WIC and other programs for hungry people. Please urge your colleagues to stop refusing to deal with a JOBS BILL and and get serious. No jobs have been created by the tax cuts your colleagues swear by. Here’s a way to save trillions of dollars, get people back to work and generally stop the trend of young people running for Congress just to assure themselves of a good pension later in life.

    Thank you for your attention to this comment.

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