Two House Democrats have rolled out a bill that would strip lifelong pensions from former presidents convicted of felonies either during or after office.
Per The Hill “Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), who leads the Democrats’ campaign arm, and Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) have authored the Restoring and Enforcing Accountability of Presidents (REAP) Act. It would reform the Former Presidents Act of 1958 by stripping past presidents convicted of a felony of their $219,200 annual pension, office space and a budget to pay for staff.”
The bill would not impact the Secret Service protection former presidents receive.
Maloney said “Breaking the law has consequences — no matter how powerful you are, or were. Presidents who are convicted of a felony should not receive taxpayer-funded benefits. It’s that simple.”
He added “the fact that this bill is now necessary in America brings me no joy, but we must demand accountability from those who have held our nation’s highest office.”
Jayapal added “while Congress must refuse to let Donald Trump off the hook for inciting a deadly insurrection and for committing countless other crimes during his lawless presidency.”
“We must also ensure that no president who is convicted of a felony receives taxpayer-funded benefits,” she continued.
“The REAP Act is an important step towards finally securing full accountability and justice in this country,” she concluded.