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Recession? Congress To Get $4.7K Raise

This little tidbit from The Hill almost slipped past us:

With economy in shambles, Congress gets a raise

By Jordy Yager
Posted: 12/17/08

A crumbling economy, more than 2 million constituents who have lost their jobs this year, and congressional demands of CEOs to work for free did not convince lawmakers to freeze their own pay.

Instead, they will get a $4,700 pay increase, amounting to an additional $2.5 million that taxpayers will spend on congressional salaries, and watchdog groups are not happy about it.

“As lawmakers make a big show of forcing auto executives to accept just $1 a year in salary, they are quietly raiding the vault for their own personal gain,” said Daniel O’Connell, chairman of The Senior Citizens League (TSCL), a non-partisan group. “This money would be much better spent helping the millions of seniors who are living below the poverty line and struggling to keep their heat on this winter.” …

Still, Steve Ellis, vice president of the budget watchdog Taxpayers for Common Sense, said Congress should have taken the rare step of freezing its pay, as lawmakers did in 2000.

“Look at the way the economy is and how most people aren’t counting on a holiday bonus or a pay raise — they’re just happy to have gainful employment,” said Ellis. “But you have the lawmakers who are set up and ready to get their next installment of a pay raise and go happily along their way.” …

Rep. Harry Mitchell, a first-term Democrat from Arizona, sponsored legislation earlier this year that would have prevented the automatic pay adjustments from kicking in for members next year. But the bill, which attracted 34 cosponsors, failed to make it out of committee…

In the beginning days of 1789, Congress was paid only $6 a day, which would be about $75 daily by modern standards…

Ellis said that while freezing the pay increase would be a step in the right direction, it would be better to have it set up so that members would have to take action, and vote, for a pay raise and deal with the consequences, rather than get one automatically…

Gee, the Congress in 2000 froze their salaries. What was different about them?

(Hint: Congress was in the control of the GOP.)

CREW chief, George Soros lackey and former John Conyers aide, Melanie Sloane.

And speaking of watchdog groups, where is the famously non-partisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) on this?

Where is their press release expressing their outrage?

Oh, that’s right, they are Soros stooges (run by ex-Dem staffers) who only go after Republicans.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 19th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Recession? Congress To Get $4.7K Raise”

  1. CaliforniaBear says:

    I wish I could get a pay raise for sitting around doing nothing. Sounds like my kind of life. How do they manage to give themselves a pay raise, anyways? Just goes to show the hypocrisy that’s in our nation now-a-days.

  2. proreason says:

    I don’t know why they bother to draw salaries.

    After a couple of years in Congress, they are all wealthy beyond imagination.

    Apparently, being in Congress hones investing skills to a fine edge. Whether the economy goes up or down, the net worth of Congress goes up like Tulips in Holland….without the downside.

  3. River says:

    If the American people don’t rise up in fury and demand that this further theft of taxpayer money be repealed, we will know our nation is finished. After what we have witnessed in the last few years, the massive corruption and ineptitude of Congress, there is no reason whatsoever to give them more money.

    I fear that the people are ignorant, corrupt, and/or inept themselves. Perhaps Congress does perfectly represent a rotten electorate. Harry Reid’s recent comment about the “tourists” who stink up the Capitol would have brought furious condemnation 50 years ago.

    We are probably witnessing the sunset of civilization as well as the death knell of the United States.

  4. curvyred says:

    They should be taken pay concessions, not a pay raise. But that is just my opinion as merely a peon known as “taxpaying susie Q”

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    ” I have met the enemy and he is us.”

  6. crosspatch says:

    Congress voted themselves perpetual raises some time back. It used to be that they had to approve raises, now they are automatic unless they specifically vote to not have one.

  7. AmericanIPA says:

    That’s one of the failings of our system of government: the people in charge are the only ones that can reign themselves in, and that never happens. I suppose in the beginning, it was assumed that office holders would be honest men who were conscious of the wishes of their constituency or had in mind what was best for the country. Of course, that’s the last thing on the mind of the overwhelming number of politicians nowadays.

    I think they shouldn’t make a dime for what they do. If they want to continue to call it “public service”, it should be freely done. But who would make that decision? That’s right, the pols themselves. And the circle continues.

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