Yet he and Republican leaders refuse to introduce any of those same bills today, because they know Republican President Trump would sign them into law. What hypocrisy!
LoBiondo was elected in 1994 by promising term limits and balanced budgets. He has now been in office 22 years. During 18 of those years, LoBiondo had a Republican majority in the House. During 6 of those years, Republicans controlled the House, Senate, and White House. Although the U.S. Constitution clearly gives House of Representatives control of taxes, borrowing, and spending, Congress spent far more than it collected during all but a handful of those years. U.S. Government debt increased from $4.6 trillion when LoBiondo was first elected to $20 trillion today.
When LoBiondo was first elected, he worked for his family’s small business outside of Vineland. Today, he is a millionaire near the beach in Ventnor. Each Congress member today is paid $174,000 per year, plus generous health benefits and a “Membership Representational Allowance”. When LoBiondo finally leaves office, he will get 80% of his highest salary, yearly cost-of-living-increases, and VIP health care for life.
We must do more than simply vote career Congress members like Frank LoBiondo out of office. We must strip them of the pensions and benefits they grabbed while ruining the country for the rest of us. Trump can’t drain that swamp. Only we can.
Seth Grossman, Executive Director