Congressman Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) has released his first television campaign ad, sparking sharp criticism from the opposition.
Maffei’s ad, a 30-second spot entitled “Hard Work,” features the congressman visiting with small businessmen and –women, chatting with senior citizens and posing with his family. The ad asserts that Maffei, too, is sick of Congressional gridlock and perks and is working hard to get rid of them. It points to several pieces of legislation in which Maffei had a hand or for which he voted, including:
Members Play By The Same Rules Act (H.R. 5177), which eliminates taxpayer funded subsidies for member health insurance plans
The Revolving Door Pension Prevention Act (H.R. 2594), which bans pensions for former members who make more than $1 million as lobbyists
Congressional Halt In Pay Increases and Cut Congressional Pay Act (H.R. 398), which cuts 10 percent from future member pay
To Prohibit members of Congress from receiving any automatic pay adjustments through the end of the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress (H.R. 636), which eliminates automatic COLA adjustments in the 113th Congress
Stop Pay For Members Act (H.R. 1884), which allows for payment to members only after all other obligations have been met if the U.S. breaches the debt limit
No Budget, No Pay Act (H.R. 325), which restricts Congressional salaries if Congress fails to pass a budget or appropriations bills
If Our Military Has to Fly Coach Then so Should Congress Act (H.R. 4632), which restricts members from being able to purchase first-class air travel with taxpayer dollars
Maffei’s people say the ad accurately represents his commitment to force Congress to be accountable.
“Rep. Dan Maffei grew up on the east side of Syracuse, and he understands first-hand that Members of Congress shouldn't receive any special treatment and instead play by the same rules as their constituents,” said Kane Miller, campaign manager for Friends of Dan Maffei. “That is why Rep. Maffei refused to take a taxpayer funded subsidy for healthcare, wrote a bill to eliminate them for Members of Congress, and helped pass the ‘No Budget, No Pay’ Act. Rep. Maffei believes that Congress should play by the same rules as hardworking Central New York families.”