The Congressional Management Foundation recognizes that Congress cannot ask Americans to sacrifice without making commensurate sacrifices themselves. But as the respective Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittees consider the 2015 budgets for member offices, consider the comment of a House staffer in response to the CMF survey: “Working in Congress is a way for me to serve my country. Congress needs smart and principled individuals who are willing to sacrifice some part of their lives ... to make our country work better, and I’m proud to be a part of that.”
If Congress continues on a course of continual cutbacks, how long do you think it can retain that kind of public servant?
Bradford Fitch is president and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation and a former congressional staffer.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.