Republican freshman Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler made history in a small way today. She introduced her first bill in the U.S. House, a proposal to cut pay for members of Congress and the president and vice president by 10 percent.
Getting it passed is the hard part but the bill does make good on something she talked about doing in her 3rd Congressional District campaign last year.
Herrera Beutler watchers might remember that she also signed on in January as a co-sponsor of a constitutional amendment to require balanced budgets.
Her announcement today said in part:
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Some of Herrera Beutler's other moves aren't going over as well – such as her decision not to open a district office in Olympia. It is the first time in roughly 40 years the 3rd district hasn't had a Thurston County office, as we reported earlier this week.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee kept up its ongoing criticism of the Herrera Beutler. It issued a news release saying that she voted against an amendment to House Resolution 830 that could have preserved a mortgage refinancing program for seniors.
The vote against the amendment was 243 to 185, and South Sound's other congressman, Democratic Rep. Adam Smith of Tacoma, was listed as excused.