AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry issued the following statement on the Citizen Legislators Act filed today by Illinois Congressman Timothy V. Johnson.
"I applaud Rep. Johnson for filing legislation to create a part-time, citizen congress that will restore the vision of our founding fathers. This bill aligns closely with my Uproot and Overhaul Washington plan, which calls for cutting congressional sessions, staffs and salaries in half.
"I support Rep. Johnson's legislation because I believe members of Congress should spend less time in Washington and more time living at home under the laws they pass with the people they represent.
"Americans are tired of Washington politicians who are out of touch, spend all their time inside the beltway, and whose reckless spending and corrupt practices are endangering our great nation. It is time to send these politicians back home to get real jobs rather than spending all their time in Washington spending money we don't have on programs we don't need.
"With a part-time congress, we can save taxpayers billions of dollars, end the permanent political class and begin a complete overhaul of Washington's broken status quo."