LILJENQUIST ANNOUNCES HE WILL FORGO PENSION AS A SENATOR, CHALLENGES HATCH TO DO THE SAMEMay 15, 2012
(SALT LAKE CITY, UT) – Today, conservative Republican Dan Liljenquist announced that if successful in his campaign for the US Senate, he will forgo a pension as Senator and sponsor legislation to eliminate pensions for Senators and Representatives. This is in stark contrast to his opponent, 36-year incumbent Senator Orrin Hatch, who will collect an annual pension nearly three times greater than Utah’s average annual salary upon retirement.
“I am determined to rein in the out-of-control spending in Washington and that starts with ending pensions and other perks for Washington insiders,” Liljenquist said. “I sponsored the bill that ended pensions for state legislators in Utah and I will do the same in Washington.”
“After decades of supporting profligate spending in Washington, it is time that Utahns send a new voice to Washington,” said Liljenquist campaign spokeswoman, Holly Richardson. “From repeatedly voting to raise his own salary, to supporting 16 increases in the federal debt ceiling, Hatch has forgotten what it means to be a fiscal conservative.”
“It’s time for a Senator who practices fiscal restraint and doesn’t just preach it,” added Richardson. “That’s why we are challenging Senator Hatch to put his money where his mouth is and agree to donate his expected $125,000 pension, upon retirement, to paying down the national debt he helped create during his 36 years in Washington.”