The first Kansas lawmaker in Washington to introduce legislation in the new Congress is U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Overland Park, who would trim members' pay and retirement options.
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, is the lone co-sponsor on both bills. The legislation has been referred to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
The first bill seeks to reduce the rate of pay for senators and representatives by 5 percent and eliminate future cost-of-living adjustments.
"Fiscal cliff" legislation that moved through Congress around New Year's Day blocked pay raises President Obama had authorized in an executive order. Members of Congress would have seen their annual salary climb from $174,000 to $174,900 under that order.
Yoder's House Resolution 150, introduced Jan. 3, is distinct from the "fiscal cliff" legislation. It would impose a 5 percent cut -- dropping the annual $174,000 to $165,300. It also would eliminate the cost-of-living adjustment formula that raises members' pay each year, explained Yoder's staff.
Congress has rejected those COLA hikes for three consecutive years.
The proposed House Resolution 151 would allow members to continue to participate in the Thrift Savings Plan, a defined contribution retirement savings plan similar to a 401(k) plan. But it would eliminate the Federal Employee Retirement System as an option for lawmakers.
The government's online bill-tracking site shows no other Kansan serving in the Senate or House has introduced a bill since the session started last week.
Yoder's staff said Yoder wanted to get the bills filed quickly in the session and he initially asked the Kansas delegation to sign on.