PLATTSBURGH — Right after Republican candidates battled it out for the right to run for the 21st Congressional District seat, Democrat Aaron Woolf offered his plan to reform Congress.
Woolf, 50, put forth what he labeled a “bold government reform agenda.”
The plan calls for five steps to change Congress, as explained in his news release:
• No pay until a budget is approved.
• No funding for or use of a taxpayer-funded gym or salon and barbershop by members of Congress “on the public dime,” Woolf said.
“It is unconscionable that numerous individuals in the House of Representatives took advantage of these perks during the shutdown of the government, while federal employees could not get paid.
• No funding for or use of taxpayer money to pay to rent or lease vehicles.
• No funding for or use of health-care perks that are not available to the general public.
“Numerous lawmakers that have voted repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act have voted for themselves taxpayer-funded lifetime health-care plans,” Woolf said.
• No travel under the “charter jet” loophole allowing members of Congress to use political campaign funds to upgrade a privately funded flight to first-class travel.
“I am running for Congress to represent New York’s 21st District and bring the region’s spirit of independence, practicality and hard work to Washington,” Woolf said.
“Washington needs our bipartisan, cooperative spirit — we do not need more of Washington’s divisive attitudes determining how we live here.
“I plan to adopt these commonsense reforms to demonstrate that what is fair in the North Country — like personally paying for personal benefits that we utilize — is also fair in Washington.
“We should be directing hard-earned taxpayer money toward creating jobs, investing in our region and growing our economy, not for plush congressional benefits.