The Utah Republican had at least one Democratic ally in his quest to rein in former presidential spending during the 112th Congress. Pennsylvania Rep. Jason Altmire was the original bill’s co-sponsor, but he fell victim to re-districting and is no longer in office.
Chaffetz’s office circulated a “Dear Colleague” letter Tuesday — obtained by TheDC — seeking co-sponsors from the 113th Congress.
“This simple legislation is designed to end an unneccesary government handout to four millionaires (and those future former presidents),” the letter reads, “and to modernize an arcane law which misses the mark. It is also an opportunity for Congress to end another wasteful and excessive government spending program.”
“I’ll have to find another Democrat partner,” Chaffetz told TheDC. “Hopefully that’s not too hard.”
He also wants to sit down with the living former presidents to seek their support.
“My guess is if I sat down with each [former] president, I could shame them into supporting this,” Chaffetz said.
He acknowledged that he’ll need support from House leadership, but said he’s convinced his legislation will get a floor vote at “some point.”
“It’s not a ‘tier one’ issue,” he explained. “Everybody understands that. But this is one of those common-sense good-government bills that should be done in a very bipartisan way.”