January 16th, 2013

O’Brien questions Rep. Forbes on effectivess of Congressional Accountability Pay Act

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien challenges effectiveness of Rep. Randy Forbes’ Congressional Accountability Pay Act that dictates when federal spending goes up, salaries for Congress go down.

Rep. Forbes says, “Or we look at legislators and say you need to have some skin in the game. If you can’t control spending and it goes up by 10%, your salary goes down by 10%.”

O’Brien, “Forbes [magazine] says you make a lot of money. Forbes says you are a wealthy man. That 10% of your salary in Congress… that is not going to be a dent in your personal wealth. And there are a lot of Congress people who make way more than you…. Is it really going to hurt them?”

Rep. Forbes responds, “Forbes has never said that about me.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.