Davis Introduces Bill Reforming Workers’ Comp Eligibility for Convicted Members of Congress
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), member of the Committee on House Administration, today introduced legislation to prevent members of Congress who have been convicted of a crime related to their public office, including conversion of campaign funds for personal use, from receiving workers’ compensation. The Protecting Taxpayers from Corruption Act would prevent abuse of workers’ compensation and create more transparency within Congress.
“It’s unfortunate when anyone games the system, but it’s especially disappointing when it’s done by a public official who swore to defend the Constitution and faithfully execute the office he or she holds,” said Davis. “I believe all members of Congress should be held to a higher standard and if you’re convicted of a crime related to your job as a member of Congress, you should not be eligible for benefits that are in place to help honest, working Americans. Members of Congress choose to run for office and willingly ask voters to renew their term. This bill protects taxpayers and creates more transparency within Congress.”
The Protecting Taxpayers from Corruption Act amends the law to make any member of Congress who has been convicted of a crime related to their public service duties ineligible to receive workers’ compensation. This would be similar to the standards that would make a member of Congress ineligible to receive pension benefits. Click here to view a list of all 29 offenses that would trigger ineligibility.
To create more transparency, the bill would require the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to submit an annual report to the Committee on House Administration containing a list of each individual who received workers’ compensation benefits.