Members of Congress may not vote to slash their own salaries anytime soon, but a handful of lawmakers are taking a voluntary pay cut, including freshman Rep. Scott Rigell.
Rigell (R-Va.), who holds the Virginia Beach-based 2nd Congressional District, is donating 15 percent of his annual $174,000 salary — or just over $26,000 — back to the U.S. Treasury to help pay down the debt. Rigell is one of three freshmen who are returning some of their pay, according to a report in Roll Call (subscription required).
The sacrifice may be a bit easier for Rigell to make than it would be for other lawmakers, since he is one of the wealthiest members of Congress. Rigell owns multiple auto dealerships in the Hampton Roads area.
Rigell faces a potentially competitive reelection race next November against Democratic businessman Paul Hirschbiel, and the Republican has made reducing spending a key part of his message in his first year in Congress.