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Disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich is standing trial for federal corruption charges but if he's convicted.
He'll still collect the 151000.
Dollar a year tax -- funded pension because he used to serve in congress and he's not the only one.
Take a look at your elected officials your elected -- still collecting.
It's adding insult to injury.
Represented Robert -- introduce legislation to eliminate congressional pensions to members of congress convicted of committing a felony while serving.
He joins us now from DC thank you sir so.
What inspired you to bring this legislation.
I think this is common sense legislation there is nobody wants nobody wants to be paying taxpayer funded pensions for convicted felons.
Especially those that are are serving that are supposed to be protecting the the public fist in supposed to be out there doing.
Right by the taxpayers so.
What this legislation does is it expands the corruption.
Charges to twenty additional potential corruption violations it -- would also extend it for those.
Members of congress that go on to hold elective office in other areas for instance.
Like -- Google Blagojevich back in Illinois while serving as governor if you -- to have one of these violations.
He would be unable to collect a congressional pension he represented what about -- congress people who are on the public pension.
Who would then commit a crime even though they're not a -- person anymore noted the law wouldn't apply them.
Unfortunately that that this law right now and it would only going to affect.
For people going forward so those members of congress that are currently collecting pensions that wouldn't it would not be able to affect them -- their pension is -- vested.
For those that are former congress people that are not holding.
A public office at this point in time.
Probably the chances of public corruption and violations would be what should do they have -- do they have to commit the crime while in office while serving the public or convict commit crime -- after they've left office.
This legislation would expand it beyond just congressional but to other elected political office.
Outside of of congress whether you back home in your state.
And so it's an expansion of that law from I think 2007 -- this.
Congressional integrity and pension forfeiture act of 2011 as it is a large expansion and one that I think is is desperately needed.
You know we we've looked into this on another number number of levels sun including police officers firemen who could commit crimes.
In jail but sometimes for murder.
And their families collecting pensions is well so I think there's a lot of pension reform that can go on sir I noticed we've we've called the -- -- give us a list.
Turns out there -- fourteen Democrats and five Republicans on the list who are who've committed felonies who are now collecting.
And fourteen to five any any pattern here.
I mean I'm not I'm not sure that there's necessarily pattern what I am concerned about is I know that there's probably 800000 dollars.
Intentions annually that are getting paid people that really don't deserve it.
And it really violated the public trust and we ought to be.
Rectifying that going forward we're looking for solutions going forward as opposed to.
Trying to see you know pointing fingers on either side of the political -- to I'd try to -- got a assume this is gonna fly right through -- right through the boats and -- I can't imagine him saying no I'm not -- there's.
This this legislation should pass 435.
To zero in the United States house of represented -- it should pass a hundred is here in the United States senate this is common sense legislation.
That protects the your signature hair -- wal -- and Macedonia.
And we do need one more scientific got 16100 Pennsylvania have -- and like you very much Illinois representative Robert dole thank you very much for your time sir thanks -- -- appreciate it.
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